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Size: 3" x 5"
Copyrighted: 1893
Lithographer: Kaufmann & Strauss

Algeria - lion hunting, embroidering, lute playing

Reverse - Text
Right section:
THE States of Africa which border on the Mediterranean, Algeria, Tripoli, Tunis and Morocco are all inhabited by descendants of the Moors, and are all Mohammedan in faith. Their civilization has not kept pace with that of their European compatriots. The former still linger round the border-line of enlightenment and cling to old customs and worn-out modes of life. They are grave austere in deportment, not over clean in habits, and lithe and swarthy in person.
Moorish Baths are popular everywhere. One enters a hall, in the midst of which is a large reservoir. A high temperature is preserved here. Straw mats are laid along the wall. the bather stands on these mats. As soon as he is undressed an attendant covers hime with a robe, gives him a pair of high wooden slippers and leads him through a still warmer gallery. Here there is another plunge, and round the room alcoves are to be found.
At Moorish festivals no musical instrument is so popular as the tambourine. This makes a splendid accompaniment for dancing. The dancing is all done by professional girl dancers and their performances are like those of the Alma's of Egypt. Embroidery is a pastime much indulged in by ladies in higher circles.
Lion hunting is the favorite field sport. These animals are sought as in India. The hunters are ensconced on the backs of camels or elephants or hide behind bluffs while firing at the noble quarry.
The streams of this region are beautiful to sail or paddle upon, and as the high-born ladies are borne over the placid waters, their songs attuned to the lute as they float among the lovely lilies make a scene that might have been drawn from a poet's vision of the land of the Lotos-eaters.

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