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must picture him biting his he saw the writhing figure of nails in his anxiety as he stood Wenamon pouring sand and amongst the logs. Presently dust upon his head and drumthey were within hailing dis- ming feebly with his toes; and tance, and some one called to his royal heart was moved with them asking their business. pity for the misfortunes of the The reply rang across the Egyptian. water, brief

and terrible : Hastily speaking to his “ Arrest Wenamon! Let not secretary, he told him to proa ship of his pass to Egypt. cure two large jars of wine Hearing these words the envoy and a ram, and to give them of Amon-Ra, king of the gods, to Wenamon on the chance just now so proudly boasting, that they might stop the noise threw himself upon the sand of his lamentations. The secand burst into tears.

retary and his servants proThe sobs of the wretched cured these things from the man penetrated to a chamber kitchen, and, carrying them to in which the prince's secretary the envoy, placed them by his sat writing

at the open side. Wenamon, however, merewindow, and he hurried over ly glanced at them in a sickly to the prostrate figure. manner, and then buried his “ Whatever is the matter with head once more. The failure you?” he said, tapping the man must have been observed from on the shoulder.

the window of the palace, for Wenamon raised his head. the prince sent another servant “Surely you see these birds flying off for a popular Egyptian which descend on Egypt,” he lady of no reputation, who hapgroaned.

" Look at them! pened to be living just then They have

come into the at Byblos in the capacity of a harbour, and how long shall I dancing - girl. Presently she be left forsaken here? Truly was led into the room, very you see those who have come much elated, no doubt, at this to arrest me.”

indication of the royal favour. With these words one must The prince at once ordered her suppose that Wenamon re- to hasten down to the turned to his weeping, for he beach to comfort her countrysays in his report that the

'Sing to him,” he said. sympathetio secretary went off “Don't let his heart feel apto find the prince in order that prehension.” some plan of action might be Wenamon seemed to have formulated. When the news waved the girl aside, and we was reported to Zakar-Baal, may picture the prince making he too began to lament; for urgent signs to the lady from the whole affair was menacing his window to

her and ugly. Looking out of the efforts. The moans of the window, he saw the Sicilian miserable man, however, did ships anchored as a barrier not cease, and the prince had across the mouth of the har- recourse to third device. bour, he saw the logs of cedar- This time he sent a servant wood strewn over the beach, to Wenamon with a message

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of calm assurance. “Eat and the Egyptian some chance of drink,” he said, “and let not escape. Hastily he was conyour heart feel apprehension. veyed on board a ship, and his You shall hear all that I have misery must have been comto say in the morning.” At plete when he observed that this Wenamon roused himself, outside the harbour it was and, wiping his eyes, consented blowing a gale. Hardly had to be led back to his rooms, he set out into the « Great ever turning, no doubt, to cast Syrian Sea” before a terrific nervous glances in the direc- storm burst, and in the contion of the silent ships of fusion which ensued we lose Dor.

sight of the waiting fleet. No On the following morning doubt the Sicilians put in to the prince sent for the leaders Byblos once more for shelter, of the Sicilians and asked them and deemed Wenamon at the for what reason they had come bottom of the ocean

as the to Byblos. They replied that wind whistled through their they had come in search of own bare rigging, Wenamon, who had robbed The Egyptian had planned some of their countrymen of to avoid his enemies by beatthirty-one debens of silver. ing northwards when he left The prince was placed in a the harbour, instead of southdifficult position, for he was wards towards Egypt; but desirous to avoid giving offence the tempest took the ship's either to Dor or to Egypt from

into its own hands whence he now expected further and drove the frail craft northpayment; but he managed to westwards towards Cyprus, the pass out on to clearer ground wooded shores of which were, by means of a simple strat- in course of time, sighted. agem.

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now indeed “I cannot arrest the envoy 'twixt the devil and the deep of Amon in my territory,” he sea, for behind him the waves said to the men of Dor. “But raged furiously, and before I will send him away, and you him he perceived a threatenshall pursue him and arresting group of Cypriots await

ing him upon the wind-swept The plan seems to have ap- shore. Presently the vessel pealed to the sporting instincts grounded upon the beach, and of the Sicilians, for it appears immediately the ill - starred that they drew off from the Egyptian and the entire crew harbour to await their quarry. were prisoners in the hands of Wenamon was then informed a hostile mob. Roughly they

. of the scheme, and one may were dragged to the capital suppose that he showed no of the island, which happened relish for it. To be chased to be but a few miles distant, across a bilious sea by sporting and with ignominy they were men of hardened stomach was hustled, wet and bedraggled, surely torture for the through the streets towards damned; but it is to be pre- the palace of Hetebe, the sumed that Zakar - Baal left Queen of Cyprus.

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As they neared the building to an abrupt end, and the rethe queen herself passed by, mainder of Wenamon's advensurrounded by a brave com- tures are for ever lost amidst pany of nobles and soldiers. the dust of El Hibeh. One Wenamon burst away from may suppose that Hetebe took his captors, and bowed him- the Egyptian under her proself before the royal lady, tection, and that ultimately crying as he did so, “Surely he arrived

in there is somebody amongst Egypt, whither Zakar - Baal this company who understands had perhaps already sent the Egyptian." One of the nobles, timber. Returning to his to Wenamon's joy, replied, native town, it

that “Yes, I understand it." Wenamon wrote his report,

“Say to my mistress,” cried which, for some the tattered envoy, " that I other, was

never despatched have heard even in far - off to the High Priest. Perhaps Thebes, the abode of Amon, the envoy was himself sent that in every city injustice for, and thus his report was is done, but that justice ob- rendered useless. tains in the land of Cyprus. There can be no question Yet see, injustice is done that he was a writer of great here also this day."

power, and this tale of his This was repeated to the adventures must be regarded queen, who replied, “Indeed!

one of the jewels of the -what is this that you ancient Egyptian language.

The brief description of the Through the interpreter Prince of Byblos, seated with Wenamon then addressed him his back to the window, while self to Hetebe. “If the sea the waves beat against the raged,” he said, "and the wall below, brings vividly wind drove me to the land before one that far-off scene, where I now am, will you let and reveals a lightness of these people take advantage touch most unusual in writers of it to murder me, I who of that time. There is surely,

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one for whom they will cate form of humour observseek unceasingly. And able in his account of some for these sailors of the prince of his dealings with the prince. of Byblos, whom they also It is appalling to think that wish to kill, their lord will un- the peasants who found this doubtedly capture ten crews roll of papyrus might have of yours, and will slay every used it as fuel for their evenman of them in revenge. ing fire; and that, had not a This

to have im- drifting rumour of the value pressed the queen, for she of such articles reached their ordered the mob to stand village, this little tale of old on one side, and to Wena- Egypt and the long-lost King

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“Si l'on considère combien il faut de prévoyance pour exécuter le plus petit mouvement

on doit se convaincre de la nécessité qu'il y a de donner d'avance mille ordres préparatoires sans lequels les mouvemens rapides sont impossibles."

-Letter, Marmont to Dorsenne, Feb. 23, 1812

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On the other side of the weary and a dry land, where Great Inland Sea lies the the sun knows how to scorch Desert. Even on the map it and the wind how to freeze. seems to spread far and wide But away to the North is and featureless, its borders the country of an active race, shading off with a thin sprink- energetic resourceful men, who ling of names : names we do send their sons out into the not recognise, for they are but world that they may open up little places, some of them new lands, bringing civilisation merely wells round which a to the heathen and profit to hovel or two have grouped themselves,—a stern, cold land, themselves. Of old there was where the winter nights are little to make

make the desert long and the snows are deep, change : there were tracks, it where summers are short and is true, along which caravans few. They are fine fighting would sometimes

progress, men, these Northerners. eager enough to be past the And South, beyond the debarren land without misad- sert and beyond the mountains, venture at the hands of man or is a fair and fertile land, washed of the elements, for a caravan by warmer seas. Prosperous might be rich booty for savage and wealthy . . . long peace tribesmen who lurked in some has made these men fat. fastnesses of the wilds, always Yes, between this side and on the watch, like the vulture that of the desert there is a after his prey: and there is world of difference. little law and less police on the But time rolls on, civilisation plains, and the dust is the will not stand still, men seek terror that rides on winged for new countries to exploit: winds. The old tracks are it happens that men look at marked out that all may see the desert and wonder what by bones, bones of camels and can be done with it. Baffled mules which have fallen by the by it as a hindrance to their way, scraps

of cloth and spreading borders, they first leather dropped on the route, seek to dodge it. They cross to be wafted hither and thither the sea in ships, and, starting and covered up sooner or later from the seaboard, would peneby the drifting sand. It is a trate southward by that route.

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They make railways indeed, map. He has been measuring stretching like tentacles toward and calculating. After the the frontier like as some fig- times of talking and writing tree spreads its roots to a his day comes. His it is to watercourse ; but it is not bridge the desert, to join the enough. A railway from the two electrically charged bodies sea is indeed the first stage, so that a current may flow but railways are foreordained between them.

Does he perto join their routes in the end. suade or is he commanded by Stephenson prophesied that the those who sit in high places, railways of England would all who knows? These are matters connect when but few and of high import. petty iron roads were yet pro- Finally, the Ruler of the jeoted, and what Stephenson North says, “Let it be made”; foresaw for England then, we and forthwith go forth men,may now foretell for other less the surveyor with his levels, populated places.

his staves, his chains, his For a while the politicians theodolite; his little party, talk very loud, misunderstand- like a small caravan, moving ing one another with many a dot - and-go - one passage words. And at last they make across the barrenness.

Then a & writing, and sign it and seal a pause — months, while calit with many seals, and there culations are made, men is calm again. And the desert collected, organisation is perkeeps its secrets.

fected, and great trees are But the railway cries aloud being cut down for sleepers for traffic—for traffic in peace and bridge timbers somewhere perhaps, for traffio in war cer- half a continent away; rails tainly. Inspired correspond- are being rolled, girders and ents begin to write knowing steel work prepared, engines articles about “The Linking-up and rolling stock are building. of the Transmarine Railway Staoks of stores, offices, and and the great commercial ad- houses are arising at what is to vantages to result from such be the breaking-off point of the an international investment. new line; storekeepers are busy Others, signing themselves sorting, arranging, checking. “ Cassandra something All is ready now, the pegs equally suitable, prophesy have been driven marking the darkly of the drawing together centre line, the out and fill. of frontiers, the extended Fron- Formation gangs descend in tier policy, and the Day of vast camps upon the desert, Armageddon. But these are construction parties follow, but thunders round Olympus, and close behind, the train a rumbling far above the head crawls forward like a great of the man in the street, that centipede with a busy swarm

to whom Governments of flies round it, as if it were have become wont to truckle. pushing its path in front, and

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