Travels In Arabia By  John Lewis Burckhardt

























































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The Only Race Of Arabians Whom I Have Found More Industrious Than The Others, Are The People Of Hadramaut, Or, As They Are Called, El Hadareme.

Many of them act as servants in the merchants' houses, as door-keepers, messengers, and porters, in which latter character they are preferred to all others for their honesty and industry.

Almost every considerable town in the East has its particular race of porters: at Aleppo, the Armenians of the mountains of Asia Minor are in request for this office; at Damascus, the people of Mount Libanus; at Cairo, the Berabera Nubians; at Mekka and Djidda, the Hadareme, who, like those of Syria, are mountaineers. It is well known that similar qualifications recommend my countrymen, the Alpine mountaineers, to the same offices at Paris. There is another striking similarity among the natives of all these countries; they generally return home with their gains, and pass the remainder of their days with their families. Notwithstanding this source, there is a great and almost absolute want of free servants in the Hedjaz. No man who has been born in one of the holy cities, will act as a menial servant, unless he be driven to it by the fear of dying from want of food; and no sooner is he in good condition, than he ceases to labour, and either turns pedlar or beggar. The number of beggars at Mekka and Djidda is very great, and it is a common remark among the merchants of the latter place, that a Djiddawy will never work while he can possibly maintain himself by begging.

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