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6 (UB8ION TO LAHAIL who had joined u.s during the march, stopped to shelter during the heat of the mid-day; and to refresh us, the Dole ordered a repast consisting of broiled fish and a mixture of juwarry meal, to be prepared with hot ghee; of which chiefs, masters, soldiers and servants partook in a truly Arabic and primitive style, forming altogether a scene which would probably not have been very well suit- d to the fastidious delioacy of some European stomachs. After this re�reshment. every one as usual took a nap, and, on awaking, those who could affovcl it regaled themselves with a pipe; the accustomed antidote in use among the Arabs, to alleviate all their ores. At thru-, we re-commenced our journey. About half a mile from the wmb we entered a deep wood of large and spreading trees, of a species of mimosa, called by the Arabs Sa-muk. This wood extends about eight miles across, and is said to occupy two days march in length, lying in an east and west direction. Numbers of goats and camels am seen in every quarter wandering about it, which, at this season of the year, are chiefly fed on the leaves and tender branches of the trees. From the flesh and milk of these animals, whole tribes of Bedewee de- rive thc subsistence. The road leading out of the wood opens upon a barren plain, covered with hillocks composed of a fine loose sand, whicll, constantly drifting from place to place, pre- �nts the growth of a single blade of vegetation. This desohte scene, though only five miles across, conveyed to my mind a much strouger image of "a desert that might be fatal to man and beast," than any I had before passed. When we had crossed it, the return to the gra- dual appeararce of verdure was peculiarly grateful to the eye., and soon afterwards we reached a highly rich and cultivated track of land, bordering on the town of Lahadj. Here we found wheat, juwarry and cotton flourishing with r.eat luxuriance, the ground being intersected by grtifi�ial dykes, supplied with water by means of those simple machines common throughout Arabia and EgTpt. The whole country, besides, was interspersed with 0ate �As we approached the town of Lahadj, we were met by a..depon, h.add by Dola of the place, wl.