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THE TRACK OF THE MOORS

town of Almeria,

as spotlessly white

and Oriental

Tangiers or

as

I know not, really moves here or not See seem this but the very sunbeams of stationary. happy spot trees of the the send their shafts how

Kairowan.

Whether

life

through

they

closely-planted

where the minute social life of the town passes principal avenue, to and fro a hundred times in the afternoon, like the hands of a

And

Murcia, with its palm of history in its Puerta de la Mala groves, its old legendic stigma it would be difficult to receive a more Muger? Ah, Murcia, of profound impression of natural fertility and human negligence, about this than and Andalusian Andalusian bloom inertia, exquisite corner of Spain where the oranges lie shrivelling on the ground clock that counts not the hours.

beneath the mingling shadows of their leaves and of magnificent palms, waiting with its infinite hidden wealth, its certain double crops a year which no year ever sees, for the ocean-spent rivers to That spread, not like one but many Niles, athwart the land.

Andalusia will be again irrigated as in the time of the Moors, few now doubt. But the gift of water will come not only from the

North, but from the influences which fortunately for Spain combine Now that Carlism lies foreign energy as well as Spanish pride. dead, there seems every chance of Spain becoming as centralised in Madrid as France is in Paris, or as Italy is not in Rome, Centralisation

is

not so bad as some think

if it

be allowed to develop round

upon which an able though youthful king is seated. But the undercurrent of progress which is undoubtedly manifesting itself all over Spain is hard to keep in view in Andalusia, a throne

The

people are not naturally progressive

;

and

schools and

and railways are no more indicative of internal energy us say, in China. There is one feature, indeed, in than, common between Andalusia and the whole of Spain, and that is

colleges

let

the lack of intellectual

Charm, beauty which any assistance from

life

of any kind

among

the Spanish

women.

perfectly natural, for they rarely borrow art, the most graceful manner, the most is

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In the track of the Moors -Sketches in Spain and Northern Africa  

Impressions of Spain.- Andalusia.- Granada.- Origins of Moorish architecture in Spain.- The Moorish gardens of Spain.- Arabesque and Azulejo...

In the track of the Moors -Sketches in Spain and Northern Africa  

Impressions of Spain.- Andalusia.- Granada.- Origins of Moorish architecture in Spain.- The Moorish gardens of Spain.- Arabesque and Azulejo...

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