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Geographical Notice of the Empire of Morocco.
 

station, of a very intelligent friend, (to whose kindness[1] he is indebted for having accompanied this mission,) and whose opinion as an antiquary and an acute observer, is valuable. 'No coins could be produced, although their weight in gold was offered; ' still it was asserted that many had been found; that this has been ? a Mauritanian or Roman station is not improbable; extensive ? ruins certainly exist, near a fine spring of water, in a rich corn �plain, and about half way between the present cities of Fas and ? Marocco, in nearly a direct line, and a very probable situation ? for a connecting station between those two cities, or whatever ' existed on their sites. On the following day, about twelve miles ? north of this spot. remarked several tumuli; on riding up to ? examine, found two of them circular, about twenty feet high, s and one hundred feet in diameter, and one long barrow; on ? questioning the peasants who were ploughing the ground at their ? base, and inquiring whether there were any ruins near hem. they ? replied, "that a city, called Caria, had sunk into the ground; ' that many well-built wells were in the neighbourhood; that coins ' had been found which they described as of brass, of the size of a Spanish dollar, and an inscription of straight sticks and dots." Can this be other than the Roman denarius ?'

The Jewish Rabbi, Shalōm Ezzowi, who lies buried at Kaisār, is said to have been one who escaped from the destruction of Jerusalem by Titus, and as such was rendered due homage by the Rabbi and Jews of our party.

Halted for two days hunting in a fine open country at the

Kassbah dēz Zettāt, a walled square of two hundred and fifty paces, containing about five hundred inhabitants, Moors and Jews. In one morning's sport, roused and hunted nine wild boars, several foxes, hares, &c. Gradually ascending from the immense plains of Ducaila, till we reach their western limit, and again hear the welcome roaring of the Atlantic, which we had lost sight of for seven weeks, and arrive on the sea-coast, close to Fidallah; retrace our old road by Rabātt Mehedīa, &c., till we reach the northern end of the great lake, when we continue northwards, passing through a small forest of cork, which is named after

Dar el Krisi, and along the eastern margin of the small lake

Muley Buselham; soil light sandy loam, richly covered with herbage; passed twelve Arab camps; eight saints' tombs to-day.

 


  1. As also to that of Sir Thomas Fellowes, C.B., Captain of his Majesty's ship Dartmouth, who kindly took upon himself the responsibility of giving him leave of absence from this ship then lying in Gibraltar Bay; nor is the writer unmindful of the cheerfulness with which his brother officers volunteered to do his share of duty while he was wandering in Africa.