THE CRESCENT AND THE CROSS.
appreciation of the perfections of his own country is consider,
ably at issue with that of any other, gives us an account of having
carved his name on the same slab that bore the inscription written
there by Dessaix, in 1799, to commemorate his arrival with a
French army in pursuit of the Mamelukes. Now, after Mr.
Stephens, came a French traveller, who thought it bad taste,
even in an American, to obtrude his identity into the company
of the French hero; the rather, perhaps, as there were some
acres of "spare" wall, equally available for the purpose: this
last enthusiast has carefully eradicated the name of Stephens,
and appended, moreover, the following aphorism,—" La page de
l'histoire ne doit pas etre salie."
The evening breeze found us ready to start with its first breath
for Wady Haifa.