MODE OF TRAVELLING.
the Handbook. — The stages of the journey depend on the distances be¬
tween the wells and places where provender is procurable. The start
should always be made early, in order that time may be left at the end
of the journey for rest or a refreshing walk before dinner.
§ 10. The dragoman shall have everything in readiness for
starting on . . . April, at . . . o'clock, from and including which
day the journey shall occupy, or shall be reckoned as occupying,
. . . days at least. The dragoman shall not be entitled to make any
charge for his return-journey. Should the journey be prolonged by
any fault of the dragoman, the travellers shall not be liable to any
extra payment on that account.
This article is for the protection of the dragoman, and is to prevent
his being arbitrarily dismissed at a distance from home and without
compensation. As a dragoman rarely has the opportunity of making
more than two or three journeys of any length during one year, it is
natural that he should stipulate for as high a minimum of days for the
journey as possible.
The charges of the dragomans are high, partly because the duration
of their harvest is short, and partly because many travellers are too ready
to give whatever is demanded. There have, moreover, been of late various
government and other expeditions in Syria, whose members have been
unnecessarily lavish in their expenditure, and therefore unjust to succeed¬
§11. The travellers shall pay the dragoman for each day during
the whole journey the sum of . . . francs. The amount is to be
paid in gold. In towns or villages, such as Damascus, Haifa, etc.,
the travellers shall have the option of living at hotels, or mon¬
asteries, or in the tents, all at the cost of the dTagoman.
Or: During the stay of the travellers at Damascus, Beirut, etc.,
they shall have the option of lodging at a hotel at their own ex¬
pense, during which time the dragoman shall receive no payment
but the daily hire of the horses (3-4 fr. each).
The traveller will sometimes prefer sleeping at a hotel to camping in
his tent, and it is therefore important that he should reserve liberty
to do so at pleasure. When the dragoman is bound to defray the hotel-
expenses, he obtains a considerable reduction from the landlords, and is
himself boarded and lodged gratuitously.
§ 12. In case any dispute should arise between the dragoman
and the travellers, he hereby undertakes to submit to the decision
of the matter by the nearest British consul.
§ 13. The dragoman shall receive payment of one-half (or one-
third) of the estimated minimum cost of the journey before starting,
and the remaining half (or two-thirds) on the termination of the
whole journey. He is prohibited from asking the travellers for mo¬
ney during the journey.
A. B. C, Dragoman.
Consular attestation and stamp.
I, the undersigned C, acknowledge receipt of . . . francs from
Messrs. A and B, as the first instalment of one-half (or one-third)
of the estimated minimum cost of the above journey.
Date. C, Dragoman.