As half-dead a second earlier than, our spirits rose all of a sudden, and all of the gaiety of life surged once more inside us; for therefore flowed a jet of chilly, pure, crystal-clear water, filling a collection of stone cattle-troughs that ran the entire size of the wall. In such oases we might pause for our meals and a brief sleep within the welcome shade, the horses could be fed, and even Grivei would rush ahead, barking gladly, to slake his thirst and funky his toes within the stream. These solely who’ve suffered the parched throat and burning lips can know the heartfelt thanks with which such a sight is hailed ; and all such will be a part of me in blessing, not western civilization, not the Bulgarian authorities, not even a water firm or a sanitary board, however the despised Turk.
The devotion of a simply a part of a person’s wealth to spiritual and charitable functions is a always reiterated and piously noticed precept of Islam, and the development and endowment of fountains (tsheshmes) is without doubt one of the most admirable expressions of Turkish munificence. Years in the past some benevolent Mohammedan, passing this spot, had wanted to drink, and found the spring. Out of gratitude to the Giver of all good issues he had raised and endowed this gracious monument, so that his fellow- males would possibly the higher take pleasure in the identical blessing, and the devoted have water for his or her ablutions. The identical hand that erected the fountain for the traveller, planted additionally the timber to shelter him from the scorching rays of the solar, and gave the encompassing land tc* present pasture for his horses. Above the purpose from which flows the limpid and valuable stream is, usually, a modest panel of white marble, on which is graven, in delicate Arabic script, maybe the title of the donor, which no wayfarer may learn with out respectful gratitude, or maybe a verse from the Koran. It was with anger virtually amounting to fury that, over and over, I discovered these little recording tablets mendacity damaged on the bottom, purposely eliminated and defaced by that far much less admirable race to whom the Turks as soon as taught a really needed lesson in charity, piety, and cleanliness.
LIFE ON THE ROADS.
AFTER leaving the camp at Indzhe-Kioi, we adopted the banks of the lake Devna and the stream which feeds it, travelling inland till we reached a glass-factory and some cottages simply earlier than Gebedzhe, however on the other aspect of the little river.