A Bible Chapter Reviewed In Ecbatana

KING CYRUS, in 550 B.C., defeated Astyages, the Median king, capturing the royal city, Ecbatana. That city was the forerunner of Hamadan of today. History also states that later in 333 B.C. this same city of Ecbatana fell into the hands of Alexander the Great, then but 23 years old, after his smashing victory at […]


OUR line was where the plateau rose and then dropped steeply into deep, narrow fissures. The night was maddening with cold, and the rum ration came as a sheer necessity. All through this brief Tekrit campaign the British troops were without coats or blankets. The Indian troops had transport for theirs. The arrangement was correct […]

Baghdad To Damascus By Motor

FROM Baghdad it is a 12-day journey by fast camel caravan across the Arabian and Syrian desert to Damascus lying six hundred miles to the west-ward. This caravan route has been traversed by camels only for century upon century. Today two plow-furrows mark the route for the airmen piloting their camels of the air from […]

Battle For Samarra

DAY was welcome, for it brought movement, though movement harassed by cold and then by heat and ever-increasing clouds of flies. We snatched our mugs of tea, our bread and bacon. At 3:30 we moved off. We marched behind the wall, then crossed the Dujail, and pushed towards the left flank of the enemy’s position. […]

Beautiful Cairo

THE Cairo railway station was a busy place. Two trains were arriving at the same time with ours, so there was a great crowd, and a lot of pushing and shoving. It was soon evident that our party couldn’t possibly keep together, so it was agreed that we would all meet at the hotel in […]

Behistun Rock And A Snowbound Pass

APPROACHING Kermanshaw, one receives the impression that it is rather an imposing place built on a gentle slope, but once within this city of 80,000 inhabitants, you discover it is a mass of low gray mud buildings intersected by narrow rambling, uneven passageways walled in by houses, shops, bazaars, mosques, hostelries, etc. I climbed to […]


BAGHDAD fell on March 11, 1917. The soldier’s joy was deepened by the belief that here his warfare was accomplished, his marching finished. Even when we went by the city, and fought battles on either bank, the 7th Indian Division at Mushaidiyeh (March 14) and the 3rd Indian, most disastrously, in the foothills of the […]

Camp At Caesarea Philippi

Here we are, encamped in a grove of old olive-trees close to Banyas, which is on the site of the old Caesarea Philippi on one of the southern spurs of Mt. Hermon, and close to the source of the Jordan. Yesterday morning we broke up camp at Rascheya, and started across the Anti-Lebanon mountains to […]

Christian’s Mecca – Jerusalem And Judea

We were agreeably surprised in Jerusalem and Judea, but disappointed to learn how few Protestant Christians visited this city which may without impropriety be styled the Christian’s Mecca. Possibly the wretched harbor at Joppa—if harbor it can be called—may frighten some away, for when the weather is bad passengers are often carried by, and yet […]

City Of The Arabian Nights

WE entered Iraq, or Messpot, the more familiar and common sobriquet applied by the British soldier, at the port of Basrah, about 60 miles above the point where the united waters of the rivers Euphrates and Tigris empty into the Persian Gulf. It had been a delightful voyage from Karachi on a comfortable ship, the […]