An Excursion Into Africa

WE spent the night in the neighboring market where we had purchased fruit in the morning. We wanted to go out to the transport as soon as the gate was opened, and we knew that the market would be alive soon after daylight. When we finally reached the gangway and gained the upper deck, we […]

Madagascar – The East Coast

IT is almost four hundred miles from St. Denis to Tamatave. The voyage takes about two days on our slow-going steamer, and it is early morning when the cabin boy tells us to get up, for we are in sight of Madagascar. We jump from our beds and look out of the portholes. Our vessel […]

Madagascar – The Hovas And The Central Plateau

THE port of Tamatave where we now are is the chief gate to Madagascar. It is regularly visited by the steamers of several French shipping companies, and occasionally by boats from other parts of the world. At the extreme northern part of the island is the harbor of Diego-Suarez (de-a’go-swa’ras), and on the western side, […]

Mauritius And Reunion

WE are again on the Indian Ocean, steaming along toward the great island of Madagascar, off the east coast of Africa. Our ship is an English vessel from Colombo, bound for Mauritius, which belongs to Great Britain. The weather is warm, but we have awnings over the deck and enjoy a stiff breeze most of […]

Morocco – Ahmet Entertains

THE afternoon had been most trying. The sirocco from the Sahara had blown a pitiless, dry, burning blast of heat over the city. The windows of hell were opened, as the Arabs say, and God had not yet sent the grateful night breeze from the gate of heaven, off beyond the sunset. The acetylene flares […]

Morocco – Atlas Scenery

DAY after day of changing light and moods, of painful fatigues and wonderful refreshing moments of rest, of fascinating glimpses of remote lives, and baffling, fleeting glances into wondering faces that greet us along our way, we journey on toward the blank white places at the bottom of the map labelled Souss. Day after day […]

Morocco – Feudal Lords And Serfs

THE morning of the second day we follow the wild green valley of the Oued Nfis, thickly bordered with rose-laurels in flower and luxuriant tropical clusters of Barbary fig cacti. We cross a picturesque old bridge and begin to climb into the low, barren hills. The morning sun is hot but not uncomfortable until we […]

Morocco – Marrakesh, An Oasis City

THE long straight road ahead is lost in a shimmery white haze of heat that shuts in close the monotonous blank horizon. There is not a tree or a shrub in sight—nothing but a brown, baked sandy plain, here and there heaped into mounds and hillocks, with sparse starved clumps of withered grasses powdered with […]

Morocco – Minarets And Palaces

THE great square of Marrakesh, so strangely called the “Meeting Place of the Dead,” has been the center of life in the city ever since the austere Almoravide sultan, Youssef Ben Tachefyn, of the tribe of the Lemtouna (May Allah be merciful to him!) came from “the Region of Fear,” and pitched his tent in […]

Morocco – Prisoners At Aoulouz

WE had scarcely been a day in the castle of the hospitable patriarch when the news of a party of Roumi having arrived in the Souss reached the lord of our division of the province, Si Larbi Ou Derdouri, caïd of Ras El Oued, who is the son-in-law of the powerful over-lord, the Goundafi. He […]