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voraciously eat the whole melon, a dark foreboding took possession of nis mind. There was no time to be lost; he returned to the khan, left his bags of salt on the floor, mounted one mule, and, driving the other before him, hastened to the gate, which luckily was not yet closed. All that night he travelled without any stop, save to rest his mules for a few moments, and by sunrise next morning he gained a village at the top of the mountains, which was situated in another pashalik, and out of the governor's jurisdiction, where he remained a few days; on the second day, word was brought by some passengers that the governor had died in the night, the very night after he had eaten the melon which the Frank hakim prescribed. Most surely, had the latter tarried in the town, the morning light had not seen his head on his shoulders. THE RIVER KISHON. This scene is on the shore between Acre and Mount Carmel, and not very far from the little town of Caipha, which is seen to the right, at the foot of the mountain. The ford is at a short distance from the mouth of the river, where the water is usually above the horse's knees: when we crossed it, it was so swollen by the rains, that it reached to the saddle. It here flows through thickets of palm, pomegranate, and odoriferous shrubs, that beautifully skirt the beach:—the current is rapid and clear, except in the rainy season. The dull walls and towers of Caipha, the long outline and broken surface of Carmel in the back ground, with a few groups of natives on the beach, or reclined beneath the cypress shade of the adjacent burial-ground, formed a very pleasing scene. The shore is flat and monotonous from Acre to this spot; inland it is little cultivated and inhabited: yet formerly this was a productive territory—of corn, and grazing land, and vineyards. The country being mostly peopled by Mohammedans, may account for the neglect of the vine; yet not wholly, for though they may not drink wine, they may eat as many grapes as they please :—yet very few vineyards are now met with throughout the Holy Land:—even the produce of these, the villagers do not often use themselves, but send as a kind of tribute or present to obtain favour of their rulers, as though the words were fulfilled to the present day, "thou shalt plant a vineyard, and shalt not gather the grapes thereof." The course of the Kishon to this spot is through the plain of Esdraelon, and along the base of Carmel; a blessing throughout its whole tract to man and beast, to the field and the store, were there industry in the people to profit by its waters, which are rarely shrunken or dried by the heats: even when the brook is dried, and the mountain-stream reduced to a few shallow pools in its stony bed,—this ancient river still flows on, a joy to the eye that roves over the wide landscape of the plain of Esdraelon and its sacred mountains, and an inexpressible comfort to the pilgrim and the wayfaring man, journeying there. How dreadful, in this country, must have been such a three years' drought as was inflicted upon Israel in the days of Ahab, may easily be conceived, when it is remembered that in summer the richest soil is burnt to dust; so that the traveller, riding through this great plain in July or August, would imagine himself to be crossing

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