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Identifier: fiveyearsindamas02port
Title: Five years in Damascus
Year: 1855 (1850s)
Authors: Porter, J. L. (Josias Leslie), 1823-1889
Subjects: Damascus (Syria) -- Description and travel Syria -- Description and travel Syria -- Antiquities
Publisher: London : J. Murray
Contributing Library: University of California Libraries
Digitizing Sponsor: MSN

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rnally, as they were coveredwith a thick crust of ashes, smoke, and coffee-grounds.Whether the internal parts were cleaner than the externalI had no means of judging, as coffee, when prepared inthe Arab style, has the valuable property of completelyhiding all extraneous matter that may find its way intoit. It is an undeniable fdct, however, that this universalbeverage, however it may be manufactured by the Arabs,is not only palatable when served up in the tiny cups, butrefreshing and even delicious. Beside the hearth lay asmall circular shovel, with a long and massive iron handle Chap. X. TO THE JEBEL HAURAX. 41 curiously ornamented, while attached to the top of it by abrass chain was an iron spoon. This is the coffee-roaster.Opposite stood the mortar, of black wood, carved withquamt devices and figures, and beside it was the pestle,about two feet long, also finely carved. I had neverbefore seen such a complete coffee-service, and I conse-quently sketched them roughly in my note-book.

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^4si3fe^ I presented our letter of introduction, and the sheikh,after reading it and seeing coffee properly served, left theroom. In about half an hour he returned, and invited usto another apartment in the harira, which had been pre-pared specially for ourselves. Here we found comfortssuch as we had not anticipated. The floor and divans ofthe spacious apartment were covered with rich Persiancarpets, and cushions of embroidered velvet were arrangedagainst the wall, \f\n\e three immense maiikals of blazingcharcoal diffused an agreeable heat through the chamber- 42 JOURNEY OVEE THE DESEET Chap. X. Our kind host, in introducing us to our new quarters,made many apologies for the poor accommodations heoffered us; his best furniture, he said, had all been re-moved to the city during the time of the war, and he hadnot yet brought it back. Sheikh Assad Amer is a member of the noblest familyin the Hauran, and he is, besides, one of the handsomestmen I have seen in Syria. His countenance is mil

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bookid:fiveyearsindamas02port bookyear:1855 bookdecade:1850 bookcentury:1800 bookauthor:Porter__J__L___Josias_Leslie___1823_1889 booksubject:Damascus__Syria_____Description_and_travel booksubject:Syria____Description_and_travel booksubject:Syria____Antiquities bookpublisher:London___J__Murray bookcontributor:University_of_California_Libraries booksponsor:MSN bookleafnumber:49 bookcollection:cdl bookcollection:americana

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