Travels In Arabia By  John Lewis Burckhardt

























































 -  Distrusting in some measure
the Pasha's intentions, I thought it necessary to carry a full purse to
Tayf; I therefore - Page 20
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Distrusting In Some Measure The Pasha's Intentions, I Thought It Necessary To Carry A Full Purse To Tayf; I Therefore Changed The Whole Of The Three Thousand Piastres Which I Had Received From Yahya Effendi Into Gold, And Put It In My Girdle.

A person who has money has little to fear among Osmanlis,

[P.8] except the loss of it; but I thought that I might stand in need of what I had, either as a bribe, or to facilitate my departure from Tayf. I was, however, fortunately mistaken in both these conjectures.

I shall add here some remarks on Djidda and its inhabitants. The town is built upon a slightly rising ground, the lowest side of which is washed by the sea. Along the shore it extends in its greatest length for about fifteen hundred paces, while the breadth is no where more than half that space. It is surrounded on the land-side by a wall, in a tolerable state of repair, but of no strength. It had been constructed only a few years since by the joint labours of the inhabitants themselves, who were sensible that they possessed no protection against the Wahabis in the ancient half-ruined wall, built, A.H. 917, by Kansoue el Ghoury, Sultan of Egypt. [See Kotobeddin, History of Mekka.] The present structure is a sufficient barrier against Arabs, who have no artillery. At every interval of forty or fifty paces, the wall is strengthened by watch- towers, with a few rusty guns.

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