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CHAPTER III.

Gheneh and its bazaar.—Abyssinians.—Turco-English Consul.—Dr. Cuni.

"Sabean odors from the spicy shore
Of Araby the blest."

Milton.

Landing at Gheneh I walked through the bazaar; a crowd of
the Red Sea boatmen were there from the port of Kosseir, with
which this is connected, and through which English pass to
and from India, and Arabs of Arabia have kept up their inter-
course with the Nile. Many Arabs, hundreds of the Hajji
pilgrims returning from and going to Mecca, here an Italian
hakim, there a Jew or Greek, who had lost himself in this
obscure land, and above all the numerous Abyssinian men and
women (who may be seen hereabout in perfection) interested
me. I was passing through a street which seemed made up
of the Abyssinian Gwawazie or dancing girls, and a crowd of
Turks were collected before a coffee-house, where a pretty one
was dancing: I was invited by several to make the usual con-
tribution of fifty or one hundred piastres, and see an exclusive
performance, but I hurried back to my boat and started on.

Gheneh is a great place for the manufacturing of pipes, and
some of the finest clay-pipes I ever saw were for sale at the
rate of two for a penny. Here you may buy the perfumes
and gems of rich Arabia, and many rare articles of India and
 
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