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wine ; currants, etc., are taken and exported different countries. Travellers go there in the summer season, and so on traffic is carried on well in the country in those days. It is the nearest place to Egypt that if you wish to return again to your native land; you would not spend much money.

" MOHAMMED HOSSEIN."

“The country that I live in outside Egypt is ‘Switzerland.' This country has healthy climate, a shine and blue sky, a good and fertile land, in spite of that it is a country of law and order, it is famous and interesting country, its inhabitants are brave, hardy, industrious, thrifty and well-educated people. In all respects it is celebrated country than any other country in Europe.

“ MOHAMMED NADA."

“I want to live in Syria because there are many fruitful gardens, splendid buildings, grand houses, pure air, high mountains and hills, and it is well-drained country. All good things that anyone wish are found there. The people there are good-bred and well-educated. All things there are cheap and good. Syria is the land of the prophets. There is Juraslem and many temples to see them. The women and girls are very beautiful, and they are active in their works. There are many Mohammedans and few Christians. I am fond of living there, and how glad I am if I see these good things.

“ MOSTAFA KAMEL."

“The Japanese are active, quick and intelligent people, and it is the British Isles of the East' that I would like to live in. Though very small, Japan took the topmost rank in civilisation and arts, its victory over China and Russia being a good example. Japan is made up of a number of volcanic islands, of which the chief are Yezzo, Nippon, Likuku and Kiusko. Among its chief ports and towns are

Tokio, the Capital, Osaka, Nagasaki, Kobe, Kioto, Yokohama, etc., which are chiefly noted for tea, silk, etc. The main reason that made me prefer to live in Japan is because of the cleverness and worship of its inhabitants.

“M. ALY FOAD."

To these I must add a couple of letters, which are worthy of preservation :

“SIR,

"As I am people in Khediviah school, and heard about you magazine I became very glad and hope to read it alwys. So I beg here and there to let me know its price.

“ Your obedient child,

“M. EL. HAMFY."

" KIND SIR,

"As I am polite, and have not done anything in all the days that passed from the beginning of the year, I am very sorry to be punished in these day, 'The day which is called by all the days of the pupils' plot. I think that you are quite well knows my conducts. As this I beg you only to punish me with writing the Inchcape Rock thrice, and please beg the 'Headmaster' to throw out the punishment sheet in which my name is written, because this is very bad for future, and if my father know this matter will be angry from me, then please do what is kind for me. “ With my best compelement,

“ Your Pupil,

“M. EL. MAHDY."

The Egyptian schoolboy has a dangerous rival in the Egyptian of riper years in his incursions into the English language. “SIR DIRECTOR,

“I am very poor, and i do not found the food and i know arbic and english very good. I beg to be give me one

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THE OCCUPATION OF EGYPT-SLEEPING. Scene taken near the Serapeum at Sakkara, the ancient Memphis.

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EGYPTIAN WOMAN WITH HER SHAWL OVER THE BURDEN ON HER HEAD

TO SHIELD HER FROM THE FIERCE SUN.
On the road from Karnak to Luxor. In the background are camels carrying stones for building.

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work as post man or clean man, and ask my God to give you big old.

" Writing “ ABDEL-GANI HASSIB."

" CHIEF ENGINEER OF WAY AND WORKS, Cairo,

"The undersigned beg most respectfully to inform you that I have a knowledge of Arabic and English languages. I beg you to be kined enough as to appoint a timekeeper or in any district in your service. I hope that my pititaion may meet your kind approval. I ask the Allmighty to sapper your life.

“ Your obedient servent,

“SCANDER CHOUKRY."

“MADAME C. RHODES, Esq. “Dear Sir,

"Sorry to hear that you are unwell, but I hope it will soon pass away, I sent you this as I am not able to come, but this is from my father's tongue, he was going to town, also I have heard that no one can get inside the house, but anyhow I shall ask God to pass it very soon.

“ Yours respectfully,

“MOHAMMED MAGHRABI."

Another letter ends :

“Pray my dear lady to speak with your mariad (husband) to give him one paper to Master Aupest. I ask to my God to gave you a long life.

“Hamfy your humble servant.” This letter began “My dear.”

And another letter written by a porter concluded with "Hoping you are sweetly sailing down life's road.”

Mr. Maghrabi signed another letter “your fithfrilly Maghrabi."

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