MODE OF TRAVELLING.
with clean mattresses, blankets, sheets, and pillows. If ladies are
of the party a special 'cabinet' tent shall be provided. The whole of
the materials necessary for encamping, including a table and chairs
sufficient for the party, shall be in good condition; otherwise, the
travellers shall be entitled to cause them to be repaired at the ex¬
pense of the dragoman.
§ 6. The dragoman guarantees the safety of the travellers and
their baggage. When he is unacquainted with the route, he shall
always engage well-informed guides. He shall also, when necess¬
ary, provide watchmen and an escort, all at his own expense.
§ 7. The dragoman shall provide a good cook, and a sufficient
number of servants for the horses, in order that there may be no
delay in packing and unpacking. The servants shall be in every re¬
spect obedient and obliging.
The attendants have a very common and annoying habit of tethering
their horses close to the tents, and of chatting half the night so loudly
as effectually to prevent the traveller from sleeping.
§ 8. Breakfast shall consist daily of. . . dishes with coffee (tea,
chocolate, etc.); luncheon, at midday, of cold meat, fowls, eggs,
and fruit; dinner, at the end of the day's journey, of . . . dishes,
followed by coffee (tea, etc.). The travellers shall be supplied with
oranges at any hour of the day they please. The dragoman is bound
to provide for the carriage, without extra charge, of the liquors which
the travellers may purchase for the journey.
The items of the bill of fare may be stipulated for according to taste.
Dinner should always be postponed till the day's journey is over, and the
same may be said of indulgence in alcoholic beverages in hot weather
(excepting now and then a sip of good brandy). Cold tea is very good for
quenching thirst. Fresh meat is rarely procurable except in the larger
towns and villages, and then generally in the morning only. Fowls and
eggs are always to be had, but are apt to pall on the taste. The Arabian
bread, a thin round kind of biscuit, is only palatable when fresh. Frank
bread, of which the dragoman generally has a good supply, soon gets very
stale. Preserves are to be had at the larger towns. The traveller had better
buy his own wine and a sufficient supply should be taken. The sweet wine of
the country is unrefresbing and unwholesome. An abundant supply of tobacco,
which need not be of very good quality, should be taken for the purpose
of keeping the muleteers, escorts, and occasional guides in good humour.
§ 9. The dragoman shall be courteous and obliging towards
the travellers; if otherwise, they shall be entitled to dismiss him
at any time before the termination of the journey. The travellers
shall have liberty to fix the hours for halting and for meals, and
choose the places for pitching the tents. They shall in every re¬
spect be masters of their own movements.
Some of the dragomans are fond of assuming a patronising manner
towards their employers. The sooner this impertinence is checked, the
more satisfactory will be the traveller's subsequent relations with his guide.
On the successful termination of the journey travellers are too apt from
motives of good nature to give the dragoman a more favourable testimonial
than he really deserves. This is nothing short of an act of injustice to
his future employers, and tends to confirm him in his faults. The testimo¬
nial therefore, should not omit to mention any serious cause for dissatisfac¬
tion. Information with regard to dragomans (name, languages spoken,
conduct, and charges) will always be gratefully received by the Editor ot