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miss it without observing, that Captain Butler and his friends appear to hare eonducted themselves with exemplary self-possession, intrepidity, and prodence.
Ertruct of a Letter, dated Smyrna, August 16th, 1819. "As we determined on going to Palmyra, we paid another visit to the Pasha. He ordered his ininister to make out the proper passports, and direct the governor of Homs, a town on the verge of the Desert, to entertain us as English princes. We had to wait ten days before the aga could get the chief that commanded the tribe occupying the Desert between Iloins and Palmyra, to come to him. This fellow at last made his appearance, and agreed before the governors to escort us sately to Palmyra for two thousand piastres, half to be paid in advance, and the other balf ou our return. In the Arab costume, and mounted on dromedaries, with a Bedouin behind us, we set off through the Desert in the direction of Palmyra. As we had no arms with us of any kind, these fellows betrayed us. Instead of continuing their proper course, they struck off in another direction, and carried us to their camp. Nearly the whole of the day was taken up in debating what they should do with us. We at last told them we would go no farther; that we had neither arms nor money; that if they murdered us they would get nothing but the shirts on our backs; and that if tbey did not choose to conduct us back to Homs on the dromedaries, we would set out on foot and find our way as well as we could. Seeing us deterinined, they agreed to take us to Homs. After goading on the dromedaries at the rate of mine miles an bour, they suddenly stopped ibe animals, and knocked us off their backs. Not knowing their intent, we attempted to seize their arms, and a battle ensued. I succeeded in wrenching the mace from the hands of tbe Bedouin that rode behind me, and was preparing to make bim feel the weight of it on his head, when one of thein ran his lance into iny arm, and another gave me a blow which immediately brought ine to the ground. They then freed themselves from us, mounted their dromedaries and were soon out of sight. I know not how we escaped with our lives; we hrad not even a stick amongst us, whilst the Arabs were armed with iron maces, inatch-locks, and long lances: we all, however, got roughly handled. We followed a track in the sand, and arrived in the course of the night at a small village, the name of which I have forgot. As I had bled freely during the walk, I was unable to proceed farther that night, although my companions were anxious to get on; the next day we walked quietly into Homs: we found that the news of our adventure had preceded us, and that the whole town was in a bustle. We met a large detachment of Arabs, driving their camels as hard as they could go, who, taking us for some of their tribe, called to us to save ourselves, or we should be killed; they were pursued by several parties of cavalry, who shortly came up with them, killed a great number, and seized their beasts. In the mean time, some prisoners had been taken before the governor, and he immediately cut off all their heads. Had it been in our power we would willingly have prevented so much bloodshed, but the Mosleni was savage. His pride was hurt that the Arab chief had so little regard for his authority. The number of these poor creatures who lost their lives was vari. ously stated to us; I am inclined to think they were not so numerous as they wished to make us believe.'
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