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About the Author
Richard Francis Burton (1821-1890) was an English explorer, author, translator, linguist, and orientalist. Though he published over forty books and countless articles during his life, only two were original works. He is best known for his translations, in particular his translations of One Thousand and One Nights and The Kama Sutra.
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CHAPTER I. CARTOGRAPHIC AND OTHER NOTES ON THE WATER-SHED or The Ba'albak Plain, On The ' Cedar Block,' AND ON THE NORTHERN LIBANUS. PART I. From Ba'albak To The Cedak Clump. I Abkived on December 31, 1869why will not travellers be less chary of their dates?at Damascus, where a bare-walled whitewashed cottage had been hired, and where the usual troubles of settling ourselves awaited me. Everything was to be done: the tenement wanted ' cleaning' and repairing; the stables and outhouses required additions which were often reconstructions; servants were to be engaged; horses and asses were to be bought. I found myself face to face with the difficulties of Arabic; of strange weights and measures; of new ideas; of outlandish manners and customs, which took me back half-a- dozen centuries, and which made me feel six times farther away from home than when living in Brazil. The hardest trial of all was to feel that every soul had a deep design upon my purse, from the little lad who stole my kitten for a khamsah (5 farthings) to the gray-headed dragoman who wore two medalspresented to him by her Majesty's government, and who would rather mulct me in a piastre (2£cZ.) than not mulct me at all. However, there was a certain amount of so-called ' society;' a few visits were to be exchanged with the little European colony, almost all consular, missionary, medical, and educational; whilst many and long were the visitations from and to all Harims we here drop the ' harem' who wished to enjoy an emancipation of a few hours, and the pleasant ride up to our green little village. At times also some relative or friend from the distant fatherland dropped down upon uslike manna from the skies; and the result was a rapid fleeting of time, with long rides into the country, minute ins...