The Rulers of the Mediterranean
by Davis, Richard Harding

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Excerpt: ...sight of a carefully bred American girl, who would feel remorse if she scolded her maid, beating eight or nine donkey-boys with her umbrella, until she breaks it, and so rides off breathless but triumphant. This shows that necessity knows no laws of social behavior. When you are weary of fighting your way through the noise and movement of the bazars, you can find equal entertainment on the terrace of your hotel. There are several hotels in Cairo. There is one to which you should certainly go if you like to see your name encompassed by those of countesses and princes, and of Americans who spell Smith with a "y" and put a hyphen between their second and third names. There are, as I say, a great many hotels in Cairo, but Shepheard's is so historical, and its terrace has 113 been made the scene of so many novels, that all sorts of amusing people go there, from Sultans to the last man who broke the bank at Monte Carlo, and its terrace is like a private box at a mask ball. About the best way to see Cairo is in a wicker chair here under waving palms, something to smoke, and with a warm sun on your back, and the whole world passing by in front of you. Broadway, I have no doubt, is an interesting thoroughfare to those who do not know it. I should judge from the view one has of the soles of numerous boots planted against the windows of hotels along its course that Broadway to the visiting stranger is an infinite source of entertainment. But there are no camels on Broadway, and there are no sais. A camel by itself is one of the most interesting animals that has ever been created, but when it blocks the way of a dog-cart, and a smart English groom endeavors to drive around it, the incongruity of the situation appeals to you as nothing on Broadway can ever do. Mr. Laurence Hutton, who was in Cairo before I reached it, has pointed out that the camel is the real aristocrat of Egypt. The camel belongs to one of the very first families; he was there when Mena...

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  • PID: 16133976923
  • Publisher: Harper & Brothers
  • Seller: Resource Books, LLC
    Condition: Fair in Good jacket
    Notes: New York: Harper & Brothers, 1894. Title page dated 1894, copyright 1893. Non-personalized inscription [Very Sincerely Yours] signed by the author on the front free endpaper. Light green cloth with a darker green reverse pattern, gilt lettering, chemise (kine of a dustjacket) in stiff red fabric with gilt spine lettering. The book has only light external wear, good hinges and a sound text block, but the bottom of the book has gotten wet-with each page having a transparent tide mark to the lower margin throughout, not affecting printed areas, with some of the red from the chemise on the endpapers. Black and white clipping of a couple in an old automobile tipped onto the rear free endpapers, pages otherwise clean with no other names or markings. The chemise is rubbed with some surface soil, no chips. Receipt dated 1948 for purchase of the signed book laid in loosely at the front. Signed by the Author. First Edition. Hard Cover. Fair/Good. 12mo-over 6¾"-7¾" tall.