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VAGE TWO

T I-E MI('IL.GAN Di\ILY

_SA T FDADTCFEI R : , 1928

Desert Log Pictures Oriental Travel

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ing heavily. We shall not see them 1slick, only spattery in places, with
aganuntil the desert is passed, , occasional deep pools in the low d
R AC Hfor they soon stall and their mud spots. As by instinct the drivers a
anchors hold for the night. Our are suddenly awake, and in a tivink- a
own car mires frequently but the ling we are off through the dark- ,
light Essex can always be extri- ness. At intervals the lights astern g
- a cated after due ceremonies. It is are counted to see that the group p
4:55 and sunset, by 5 p. mn. it is; is intact. At 2:30 A. M. we have t
ProfessorWaterman Is Undertaking dark. Ahead, gleams a group of been going unusually long without
Excavations At Ktesiphon, twinkling lights. We make for reconnoiter. Suddenly we pause.
Near Bagdad them, but are down again and look, listen, but no light no sound, f
____nothing but "a good English shovel is discernable.5
and a stout tow rope with a halt As we preed again, a light g
COMMUNICATION IS ODD dozen men in khaki on it will re- waves on our left. We swerve fro:
lease us. We thus slide along-side the track and soon come up to a R
Herewith is published in the form the lights and find ourselves among -heavily loaded car that refuses to s
a group of the British rAirs Force
of a desert log from Prof. Leroy an their way frm dad or start. A dozen willing shoulders Ih
Waterman of the semitics depart- They are all huskies, but they have put to the car overcome the balky t
ment describing his journey from had enough for one day, having motor and set it spining, but
Damascus to Bagdad. It is- char- made exactly 15 miles in the last meantime the passeng'ers have d
acterized by those familiar with three hours. suddenly alighted, there is a babel h
Oriental travel as being decidedly Party Calls Halt of voices, and excited gestures. The a
unusual. Realizing their past to be our women arc especially excited, but a
Professor Waterman is at pres- immediate future, we too are quite they speak mostly Persian. They h
ent engaged in excavations at Kte- willing to halt and call it a day. kiss the hands of every:one in a
siphon near Bagdad with an expe- We join their bright camp fire, reach and bow down to them. It a
dition being conducted jointly by, consisting of petrol poured into an seems they are frightened by the w
the University and the Toledo Mu- empty tin. A shovel serves as a night and the desert. What hair p
seum. skillet, and soon cans of bully beef raising experiences they have had o
When Professor Waterman left and other cans of tea are giving, we do not know, but they are b - o
Ann Arbor shortly after the be- oft appetizing odors. Will one have --------
ginning of the present term, it was tea? Certainly, a pint full, second
generally understood that this trip helping not refused. Will one have
was to. be the first tf a five year marmalade for one's bread? Again
program during which time he is no hesitance. No English tea would
to spend the first semester of each be complete without it. Meantime
year with the excavating party. The food baskets suffer severe losses.
log follows: Supper over, fire fades, lights out,- -- H E A
''Bagg.ge must be ready at 6 a. the silence of the desert is com-
in., and passengers in their places plete.
at 7." It sounded like Chicago No more cars pass. Nevertheless TODAY ONLY -- SATUR
rather than Damascus, but con- most of the Eastern convoy is
trary to All precedents of Near ahead of us, and the majority of The Seventh Spectacul
East promptitude, and in spite of the western still behind. That - Frt Week of c
the protestations of weary travel- means that the most of two of the
ers, both of these things were ac- largest convoys of the season are.
complished before the appointed firmly anchored for the night, at
hour. Evidently Government or- least, in desert mud.
ders are explicit and preemptory; Many Cars Marooned
officially we are to have no ex- What a night for the jackals and
cuse for being overtaken by night hyenas, human and otherwise,
in the open desert. scapegoats of the desert, spirits of
Disorder Is Noted Azazel. Twenty-five miles either
Lines or huge trucks piled high way stretches the shattered line of
with merchandise and covered with marooned cars, many thousands of
white canvas give a distinct ap- .dollars worth of merchandise,
pearance of fleets of "windj am- scores and scores of cars, many
mners." From everywhere come score of passengers. Very seldom Critics Say It Is
flock s of motor cars in transit in is so much wealth involutarily on ADDED-COME
every state of habilment, from ful- display in the desert. Will any-
ly dressed sedans down to bare thing happen? Anyhow we should SUNDAYAND-
chassis. There is great rushing worry. The Air force section is
about and apparently aimless dis- with us, they are all around with Leatrice Joy in "7
order, but gradually it is .observa- automatics and very business-like. A thrilling tale of love and bate
ble that all vehicles are converg- The measured pacing of their dou- pretty and men are beasts.
ing at the Government Customs. ble' sentry about the group of cars
At 7:40 a. m. we are cleared off is doubly reassuring.
with the course set for Bagdad, 533 1 A. M. The sky has cleared, a Matinees
miles away, with but one halting waning moon is high in the heav- 2:00-3:30
place of refuge in the waste, at the ens. The fierce six months thirst
English fort of Rutbah, 269 miles of the desert has already sucked' 7v-8:30
distant. We start courageously but down all the surface water. The 7:00-8:30
at 8 kilometers have our first punc- track is firm again, and not even
ture. At 24 kilometers the riv-
ers of Damascus have spent them-
selves, their waters have all been
absorbed, the herbage is at an end,
human habitations have disappear-
ed, the road has ended andwe face TSN
the desert track, and the longTH S I JO MONh
swells of the undulating waste rise
and fall beneath our speeding
course like the billows of the sea.
Stop At French Post
At 67 kilometers we halt for a
moment at the last lone French±a
post within the Syrian border. We
know that the French Camel Corps
will still be in the offing some-
where, guarding the route 'to the
border, but the next troops we see NOW SHOWING
will bear the ensignia of Britain.
At 2:30 we are caught in a ter-w
rific rain for half an hour. The'
track becomes sloppy then slick, %Yr w
then profound, our motor labors,
and we steer our course as if we HAVER
were trying to escape from subma-
vines. We dash through a temp-jin
orary lake with far spread water
ings, but on its further margin "Sal of
the solid ground fails us and we
are mired at 4 p. m.Snnapore
It takes just a half hour of lift-
ing and ytugging, backing and wth "'""
charging, cascades of mud, cas-' ALAN HALE
cages of muddy words, appeals to ALA HAL

Allah and other -spirits. At last a
heavy footed freedom. At this time
we meet the first outriders of the
convoy from the east, sodden and
bedraggled and mud laden, they
lumber down the heavy track. They .
have fought through 90 miles of Adapted by
mud in 10 hours, and we know Elliott
what is befor.e us, Clawson
Big 'Coaches Seen from
At 4:30 we pass two of the big ax comis'
ten wheeler coaches de luxe, labor-f"t,.
timnentalists"
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ech ing everybody to persuade the
river to take them back. Prob-
bly they do not realize that they
re considerably more than half
vsy across. There is no help artd
radually they subside to their
laces and the car disappears in
lhe dark.
Fort Finally Sighted
We are travelling east, and the
,rst treaks of dawn appear at
:40, and soon thereafter in the
'rowing light we can discern the
astcJlated walls of the fort off
Rutban. With a final burst of
peed we come charging over the
last rise and sweep up to the en-
rance.
Before us still lie 200 miles of
,ert erc we shall sight human
abitation, but it is different. We
.rc new v il within the boundary
nd the fort is behind us. It is
enceforth just a matter of detail
nd of hours. Thus the day wears
way, until just before sunset, as
we top an unusual rise, there ap-
ears a green fringe on the horiz-
n. which we know marks the line
f the Euphrates.
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