The Land of Midian, vol 2

Richard Burton
The Land of Midian, vol 2

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The Land of Midian (Revisited).
By Richard F. Burton.
In Two Volumes.
Vol. II.
C. Kegan Paul & Co. London:

To the Memory of My Much Loved Niece, Maria Emily Harriet Stisted,
Who Died at Dovercourt, November 12, 1878.


The March Through Central and Eastern Midian. (Continued)

Chapter XI.
The Unknown Lands South of the Hismá--Ruins of Shuwák and

Chapter XII.
From Shaghab to Zibá--Ruins of El-Khandakí and Umm Ámil--The
Turquoise Mine--Return to El-Muwaylah

Chapter XIII.
A Week Around and Upon the Shárr Mountain--Résumé of the March
Through Eastern or Central Midian

Chapter XIV.
Down South--To El-Wijh–Notes on the Quarantine-- The Hutaym

Chapter XV.
The Southern Sulphur-Hill--The Cruise to El-Haurá- -Notes on the
Baliyy Tribe and the Volcanic Centres of North-Western Arabia

Chapter XVI.
Our Last March--The Inland Fort--Ruins of the Gold-Mines at Umm
El-Karáyát and Umm El-Haráb

Chapter XVII.
The March Continued to El-Badá--Description of the Plain Badais
Chapter XVIII.
Coal a "Myth"--March to Marwát--Arrival at the Wady Hamz
Chapter XIX.
The Wady Hamz--The Classical Ruin--Abá'l- Marú, The Mine of
"Marwah"--Return to El- Wijh--Résumé of the Southern Journey
Appendix I. Dates of the Three Journeys (Northern, Central, and
Southern) made by the Second Khedivial Expedition Appendix II.
EXpenses of the Expedition to Midian, Commanded by Captain R. F.
Burton, H.B.M. Consul, Trieste Appendix III. Preserved Provisions and
other Stores, Supplied by Messrs. Voltéra Bros., of the Ezbekiyyah,
Cairo Appendix IV. Botany and List of Insects Appendix V.
Meteorological Journal

The March Through Central and Eastern Midian. (Continued.)

Chapter XI.
The Unknown Lands South of the Hismá–Ruins of Shuwák and

We have now left the region explored by Europeans; and our line to the
south and the south-east will lie over ground wholly new. In front of us
the land is no longer Arz Madyan: we are entering South Midian,
which will extend to El-Hejáz. As the march might last longer than had
been expected, I ordered fresh supplies from El-Muwaylah to meet us
in the interior viâ Zibá. A very small boy acted dromedary-man; and on
the next day he reached the fort, distant some thirty-five and a half
direct geographical miles eastward with a trifling of northing.
We left the Jayb el-Khuraytah on a delicious morning (6.15 a.m.,
February 26th), startling the gazelles and the hares from their breakfast
The former showed in troops of six; and the latter were still breeding,
as frequent captures of the long-eared young proved. The track lay
down the Wady Dahal and other influents of the great Wady Sa'lúwwah,
a main feeder of the Dámah. We made a considerable détour between
south-south-east and south-east to avoid the rocks and stones
discharged by the valleys of the Shafah range on our left. To the right
rose the Jibál el-Tihámah, over whose nearer brown heights appeared
the pale blue peaks of Jebel Shárr and its southern neighbour, Jebel
At nine a.m. we turned abruptly eastward up the Wady el-Sulaysalah,
whose head falls sharply from the Shafah range. The surface is still
Hismá ground, red sand with blocks of ruddy grit, washed down from
the plateau on the left; and, according to Furayj, it forms the
south-western limit of the Harrah. The valley is honeycombed into
man-traps by rats and lizards, causing many a tumble, and notably
developing the mulish
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