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THE INDIAN ADVOCATE
45 Lesseps the builder of the Suez Canal. Port Said is a city of about 35,000 inhabitants. All the races and nations of the three continents are represented there. The city is modern and not very interesting. There are no ancient monuments, and nothing in the way of modern invention to attract a person's attention. The port is large, the hotelo are splendid, the streets are straight and lined with trees but poor ly paved. The neighboring country is all low and flat, and nothing but sand. This is about all there is to be seen there. We went to Cairo by train the same evening; the trip took us sjven hours. We traveled along the Suez Canal as far as Is mailia, and passed quite a numder of large lakes on our right Along these lakes were thousands of birds, large and small, flying here and there, or standing in the shallow water and on the banks. On our left we saw quite a number of large Ocean steamers passing through the canal. They move along very slowly and stop at intervals to let other steamers pass. The canal is quite narrow, being only wide enough to let one steamer pass at a time, but there are wide places every two or three miles, where the steamers pass one another. We occasionaly saw some vegetation along the banks of the canal and the fresh water lakes; on the Asiatic side there was nothing but deserts. After we left Ismailia we had sand to the right of us, sand to the left of us, sand in front of us, nothing buj sand; until we arrived in the valley of the Nile. Whep we arrived at Cairo it was dark, so we took a carriage to the Eden. Palace Howl, a beautiful building in Egyptian style. It would be difficult to give a good description of Egypt or even Cairo. There are so many things so beautiful ana so complete, that a person is confused more by he abundance than by the scarcity; moreover a person would have to live there some time and study the country in order to be able to describe it correctly. Egypt according to an old author is nothing but the valley of the Nile closed in by deserts.