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Page 17. 1870. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. July 29, 2014. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/p15195coll11/item/33.

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(1870). Page 17. Scenes from the Middle East. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/p15195coll11/item/33

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Title Page 17
Creator (Local)
  • Holland, Frederick Whitmore, 1837-1880
Contributor (LCNAF)
  • Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge (Great Britain). Committee of General Literature and Education
Publisher Jas. Truscott and Son
Place of Creation (TGN)
  • London, England
Date 1870
Description Sinai and Jerusalem; or, Scenes from Bible Lands: Illustrated by Twelve Colored Photographic Views, Including a Panorama of Jerusalem, With Descriptive Letterpress. London: Printed by Jas. Truscott and Son, Suffolk Lane, City.
Subject.Topical (LCSH)
  • Palestine--Description and travel
  • Sinai Peninsula--Description and travel
  • Jerusalem--Description and travel
  • Human geography
Subject.Name (Local)
  • Holland, Frederick Whitmore, 1837-1880
Subject.Geographic (TGN)
  • Palestine
  • Sinai Peninsula
  • Jerusalem
Genre (AAT)
  • illustrated books
Language English
Physical Description 52 pages, illustrated, XII colored plates (1 fold.), 28 cm; Purple cloth stamped in black, gold, red and green. Bevelled edges. Edges gilt.
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  • Text
Format (IMT)
  • image/jpeg
Original Item Location DS107 .H64 1870
Original Item URL http://library.uh.edu/record=b3601783~S11
Digital Collection Scenes from the Middle East
Digital Collection URL http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/p15195coll11
Repository Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries
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Transcript THE DESERT OF SINAI. time a foaming torrent, from eight to ten feet deep, was tearing down the valley, which was nearly 300 yards in breadth. A beautiful tamarisk wood, two miles long, was completely swept away; and hundreds of palm- trees, from the gardens of Wady Feiran, were borne down to the sea, besides scores of sheep and goats, camels and donkeys, and even men, women, and children; for an Arab encampment, pitched a few miles above me, was overwhelmed by the flood. At half-past nine the waters were rapidly subsiding, and in the morning a quietly-flowing stream, a few inches deep, was all that remained. But the whole bed of the Wady had been changed, and a scene of devastation presented itself, such as I shall never forget. The violence of these floods results in great measure from the absence of vegetation and trees, to retard and check the streams which flow down from the mountains. When, formerly, the country was inhabited by a large population of monks and hermits, who cultivated every available spot, placing walls across the valleys, planting fruit-trees, and building reservoirs in which to store the water, it was impossible for a flood to gather force, and sweep everything before it, as it does at the present day. It is also a well-known fact that the presence of trees produces rain; and so, doubtless, at that time the rainfall was larger, and more constant; and, consequently, the amount of vegetation far more abundant. This was, perhaps, still more the case at the time of the Exodus; for the Amalekites, the then inhabitants of the country, appear to have been to some extent an agricultural, as well as a pastoral people. There are also many other reasons for supporting that the Peninsula was in olden times far better wooded than it is now; and, with the description of the woods, it is easy to see that both the supply of water and the amount of pasturage must have been decreased in proportion. Even now there is both more water and more vegetation than has usually been described, especially in the neighbourhood of Mount Sinai. The trees that are most common are the date-palm (of which a group is represented in the picture), the tamarisk, and the acacia. The wild palm-tree of the desert grows in groups, and generally marks the presence of water. When cultivated, and stripped of the dead leaves which hang from its trunk in its wild state, it is very fruitful; and the dates from
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