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tail sweeping him angrily into the sea ? Who can tell but some of the Napoleonic characteristics might not have been out of place at a certain moment might have shone, perhaps, uncom-

peacock's

;

monly

brightly in interrogating the

Sphinx of Islam, which hides as

far

can from the coast capital of Tangiers, from that half European,

as

it

town of seemingly so

half Jewish little

importance,

political

known

to the whole world through a graceful literature

Of

little

of

many

tongues.

importance is Tangiers superficially, but what a breakwater. He of the three tongues political

— one that says Yes, one says No, and one says neither Yes nor No — must be well aware of the that

that

fact

to-day. Every invader and wouldbe coloniser has broken his bark

against itsangryandbeautiful shores. Morocco, able to hold herself inde-

pendent of her eight ports, has more or

less sacrificed

' ,

Tangiers to Europe.

by nation A Native of Tangiers. after nation, by Roman, Goth and Arab, by Portuguese and English and Spanish, bombarded by the French, badly protected, inhabited by a lazy conglomeration of Moors, Jews and Nigros, all vampiring each other with inhuman in-

Occupied

successively

both Tangiers and Ceuta have proved empty conquests. All the reinforcements and provisioning by sea, the easy retreat by difference,

the opposite coasts, have never simplified progress into the interior. Ceuta and Tangiers have been as twin rocks on which the Mediter-

ranean of history has launched tragedy after tragedy of ambitious

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