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THE TRACK OF THE MOORS

19.

The night was cold. The morning is fresh,

,,

22.

Abominably cold

i8.

January

A

land of contrast

is

this

Morocco

the air keen.

morning, and the snow

!

Even

in its

falling.

weather To-day

and To-morrow are as wide apart in their essence as desert and It was but some few months ago that these peaceful words oasis.

were written "

:

situation se trouve ainsi fixee au point de vue diplomatique et notre influence peut s'exercer sur les territoires qui nous sont

La

a craindre de la part de quelque autre puisacquis, sans avoir sance europ6enne, ou des pretentions qui puissent se legitimer."' Yet half a century earlier, the French flag in the vicinity of

" Tangiers roused other feelings and quand les Anglais virent une arm6e fran^alse sous les ordres du gouverneur-general d'Algerie entrer dans le Maroc, et une escadre frangaise commandee par

du

devant Tanger, I'inquidtude fut grande, et Sir Robert Peel, toujours tres attentif aux impressions pubvivement." Events move quickly now in liques, s'en pr6occupa

un

fils

roi paraltre

Morocco, and though the French no longer echo the words of a nation too

many in the world, or and that either France must perish England be erased from the map, she might, by substituting the name of another nation for that of England, find the phrase no less useful in her summing-

the writer Blanc that there

is

up of her position in Morocco to-day. There is always a sentiment of the morrow and the new life it may bring in the atmosphere of this country, always the feeling of a land far too beautiful Could for the footprints of the tramping world to stride across.

even a Napoleon preaching Islam with new zest and turning his back on the Pope (rejoicing, too, that the France of to-day has by no means forgotten that attitude of the First Empire) settle the

entrancing

Moroccan '

La

question

France en Afrlque.

without Par

the

Edmond

feathers

Ferry.

of

the

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