Narrative of the Euphrates expedition - carried on by order of the British government during the years 1835, 1836, and 1837. (1868) (14766626231)
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Title: Narrative of the Euphrates expedition : carried on by order of the British government during the years 1835, 1836, and 1837.
Year: 1868 (1860s)
Authors: Chesney, Francis Rawdon, 1789-1872
Publisher: London: : Longmans, Green, and co.
Contributing Library: Boston Public Library
Digitizing Sponsor: Boston Public Library
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in Estcourtssurvey, and Lieutenant Murphys astronomical points,had been carried thus far most satisfactorily. Theruined and interesting city of Beles became, as it were,101 miles a fresh point of departure for us—101 miles had beencarefully surveyed to this, the nearest point to Aleppo,the ancient port, in fact, of that city—and the placewhich, in our sanguine expectations of the speedy es-tablishment of the Euphrates Line to India, we hadalready fixed upon as its modern emporium of com-merce. It had been arranged, therefore, that thesteamers should make some short stay at Beles, and thatthey should be met there by some of the principalmerchants of Aleppo, who were anxious to give us thisproof of their appreciation of the benefits they antici-pated from our enterprise. Our vessels also requiredpainting and some adjustment of their fitments, whilewe were also anxious to carry out some experimentaltrials of their speed and powers, for which this part ofthe river was very favourable.
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THE ANIZA ARABS. 237 A great change had taken place in Beles and its chap.neighbourhood since it had been visited by our survey- *—r—-*ing parties a short time previous to our arrival. Itwas at that time quite deserted :—now we found morethan a thousand tents of the redoubted Aniza tribe Camp ofpitched in the centre of the rich pasture-lands by whichit is surrounded, while another formidable tribe, theBeni Said, were encamped on the opposite side of theriver. These circumstances did not cause us to makeany change in our plans, and on April 20 we com-menced clearing the vessels for painting. Thunder-storms and heavy rain prevented us from doing muchbefore the 24th, when the proceedings of the Arabsattracted our anxious attention. Our confidence inthem, which had hitherto been unshaken, was nowsomewhat staggered. Corporal Greenhill, of the Sap- Corporal t i* n • Oreenhill pers, while employed in planting a station-nag in robbed.the vicinity, was suddenly seized by three mountedA