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Bakshish : Important Notice.


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The following notice has been issued :

The attention of the Egyptian authorities has been frequently drawn, both by visitors and by residents in the country, to the evils resulting from the indiscriminate bestowal of “baķshish” to the inhabitants ot the Nile villages, and other places visited by tourists during the winter

The intention of the donors is no doubt kindly, but the practice-more especially in view of the yearly increase of visitors to Egypt-cannot fail to be detrimental to the moral sense and the social well-being of the poorer classes of the community. At the present time many of the poorer inhabitants of those towns on the Nile which are most visited by tourists live almost entirely on what they can obtain by

baķshish ” during the winter months ; the easy means thus offered of obtaining a small livelihood prevents their adopting any form of labour ; and children are brought up to regard the tourist season as the period during which they may, by clamorous begging, enable their parents and themselves to lead a life of idleness for the remainder of the year. The unhealthy tendency of such a system is obvious.

On the other hand, from the point of view of the Nile travellers themselves, the inconveniences of this universal mendicity are equally obvious, and, as time goes on, cannot fail to increase, unless some means are adopted for checking the practice.

It would be extremely difficult for the Government to devise an effective remedy for this state of things. The real remedy rests with the travellers themselves. If money were, in future, only bestowed in return for some actual service rendered, or in cases of evident and established distress, the present pernicious habit of begging would soon die out, to the advantage both of the people and of the visitors.

It is with this conviction that we venture to express a hope that our fellow-countrymen, when travelling in Egypt, will lend their aid to this important reform by abstaining from the distribution of money in response to mere demands for “baķshish," bestowing it only when the circumstances appear to them to warrant their generosity.

Tourists should especially abstain from throwing money from the decks of steamers on to the landing stages or on to the banks of the Nile for the purpose of witnessing the scramble for the coins ; such exhibitions are mischievous as well as degrading.

(Signed) CROMER, H.B.M.'s Minister Plenipotentiary,

Agent and Consul General. RUCKER JENISCH, Minister Pleni potentiary,

Ag.nt and Consul General for Germany. J. W. RIDDLE, Agent and Consul General for the

United States of America.

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