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Although, the awakener of Aboo-Shihab seized the bell back and rang it for his very existence. The influence used to be back marvelous. The loitering pilgrims have been once again electrified. They once again made a hurry for the carriage doorways as humans rush to the exits of a burning theatre; they blocked the doorways, they trampled upon each other, they fought to get in, whereas those that came across any test at access most unlikely flitted back and forth at the platform as people disadvantaged of cause. close to approximately 6 A. M. the bell used to be rung for the 3rd time, however the pilgrims had now not but recovered from the final surprise, so past a basic shudder it produced no obvious impact. in fact the platform used to be abandoned, each guy used to be already in his position, the engine were coupled on, the baker had bought all his bread, had blown out his lamp, and will be obvious wending his means in the direction of the town. The sunrise used to be showing. it will look as though the ringing of the bell had woke up even the sunlight. the sunshine fell upon essentially the most forlorn-looking railway stations I had ever noticeable, upon the abandoned camp, upon the ashes of the hearth, and upon a large go with the flow of clutter that was once indescribable. once the bell had ceased, the educate, with no extra rite, glided out into the mist, and we knew that the sunlight used to be finally at liberty to upward push. it's fascinating to note—in reference to what occurred later on—that subsequent to the engine got here the 3 closed items trucks, each one containing approximately fifty pilgrims, and that it was once via the third-class hall carriage which held no fewer than 40 extra devotees from Mecca. on the finish of the teach used to be the first class carriage during which we and our dragoman have been the only passengers. The pilgrims have been Russian Moslems, males of a marked Mongolian form of face, who have been clad in heavy coats, one coat being worn over the opposite, whereas the outer garment was once peeled off, occasionally, to make a praying carpet. They carried with them a great deal of untidy luggage, various from battered German trunks and sailors’ sea luggage to bundles in blankets. With an analogous have been linked such ordinary articles of bags as lamps, jugs, and cooking pots, with, specifically, the inevitable samovar which they clung to as though it were a sacred photograph. The descent from the tableland to the apparent is via a mountain railway of substantial size and of no suggest measure of steepness. We got here to concerning the worst a part of the incline at 2. 30 within the afternoon. the road at this aspect follows a rocky defile. the line, that is very slim, is represented by means of a ledge reduce at the facet of a virtually vertical cliff. Above the road is the precipitous face of the hill, whereas under, on the foot of the good wall of rock, is the river, switched over right into a torrent via the new rains. At this slightly hair-raising spot the engine was once continuing very slowly, after we all at once felt a surprise which I imagined used to be as a result of the carriage being struck by way of a falling rock. There instantly a moment blow prefer to the 1st, after which I grew to become conscious of the truth that the teach used to be off the road.

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