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THE TRACK OF THE MOORS

which crept northwards some sixty years ago.' The arts they dabble in are many, and so intense and magnetic is their " Evil gaze that the Eye" of the gipsy is proverbial. sleep

Is this

scene which, like a lantern slide, is lit up for tourists months of Biskra, and advertised in the

during the crowded

French guide-books as " danseuses int^ressantes dans les cafes " maures is it really Oriental or a pistachio of East and West ?

—

Whatever ated in the

There

it

be,

it is

modern

a blot of colour which refuses to be obliter-

theatre scene of Biskra.

other blots of colour that move slowly and the town on days of festival the gorgeous sedately through The palanquins of the harems, balanced on swaying camels. are, too,

name given them

—

properly speaking, a palanquin denotes a seat suspended by cords ; they are rather travelling cages covered with cloths of every hue and bound is

hardly correct,

as,

silk or linen. The grand of the that erewhile seigneur place, wealthy Arab aristocrat whose fortune a long period of enforced hostility to strangers has

round and round with scarves of

the owner of superb specimens. Within these huge wooden frames hide the women and children during the long transit from town to town, but their dark eyes peep out through the folds, and little brown fingers lift aside the curtains cruelly undermined,

is

and gaze out with idle eagerness on the slowly passing sand dunes and the groups of palms. Eyes, I said, but how often one only, since the film of blindness claims usually one or other of even the richer children's beautiful eyes.

Turning from these spots of living colour, and the street monotonous beat of the darbouka, how soft are the tints of the distant hills, how exquisitely soft and far away, yet near ; if not many, nevertheless most beautiful are the walks and drives of Biskra, either past careless gardens seen through scenes and the

the openings of

mud

walls towards the old village, or towards '

Burton.

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