II, lingly ei 1 the Fellah in talk, asking, 'What presents do you give to the bride
I Fellah wedding ?' ' What presents ? Why, we give a silk robe, and a cotton rube, and
silver ornaments; and then we give so much in money to the father, and so much to the
brother, and SO much to the uncles and aunts.' By the time that he had got to the uncles
and aunts he perceived that the Bedawy had eaten up three-quarters of the supper, so he in
! iii, Bedawy what they gave the bride at a Bedawy wedding? The Bedawy
replied bluntly, ' A tob (robe), a veil, a necklace, and a headdress.' He continued eating till
all was finished, having the lellah still very hungry and done out of his supper."
1 think I ought to place by this the next story told by Mrs. Finn, in which the tab
turned on a Bedawy. It happened that a Bedawy came to a village one evening in the summer
id the public r n of the guest-house. For supper amongst other things the lellah
In,,i set before him some prickly pears the fruit of the great cactus, which forms the he
ommon in 1'alestine, &c. which he bad never seen, and which was then in
In mockery of his ignorance they did not shell the prickly pears, but left them in the h ^k all
I with their innumerable sharp spines. The Bedawy, unsuspicious, took up and ate the
fruit as ho was accustomed to eat cucumbers; after supper his host asked him how he liked
thei God be praised for them, they are very refreshing," said the man; "only the hair
upon them is rather sharp, it is rougher than the hairs on cucumbers, and it sticks to mj t":
•III* l > 111.11 !
Mr. I' in his " Central and Eastern Arabia," warns one: not to accept without much
the favourable pictures which travellers draw sometimes of the good faith and
pitality of the bedawin. Of the first he writes—•
ids of the most cold-blooded perfidy are by no means uncommon among tl
nomades, and Strangers under their guidance and protection, nay, even their own kindred and
thren of the desert, are but too often the victims of such conduct. To lead trav<
in the wilderness till they fall exhausted by thirst and weariness, and then to plufl
and have them to die, is no unfrequent Bedawin procedure Thus, for examp
numerous caravan, composed principally of wealthy lews on their way across the il-^vi I
us to Bagdad, was, not many years since, betrayed by its Bedawin guid
man, while their faithless conductors, after keeping aloof till th'
hat thirst and the burning sun had done their work, returned to the scene of death, and
constituted themselv< sole ami universal legatees of the moveable goods, gear, and wealth
onfiding companions. 1 myself, during my stay at the town of lla'yel. in t - ntral
ibia, met with a large Hebrew folio, once the property of one of these unfortunate Israel
'" Whose lot it had fallen amid his share of plunder, had brought it thw
'" h 0 \m- profitable by the sale of a work all the more valuahl
m ' opinion for 1 tolly unintelligible."
hospitality h< Nor do 1 wish to deprive them of all credit for thes
s "Arabia," vol. i. 3, 36.