Excerpt from Biskra and the Desert: A Record of a Tour in Algeria in the Year 1885
Tkursa'ay, April 23rd. The morning found us close to Bougie, where we were soon anchored. We leave the steamer here for our journey inland, and hailing one of the many small boats about, were s... oon on the quay, The town, although not large, is of considerable importance, there being a great oil trade here. A great spur of the Atlas range of mountains towers high above the town, forming a prominent and striking landmark from the sea. Strolled up the main street, entering one of the shops to buy a railway guide and some stationery. We sought out the prin cipal carriage proprietor, and after a long, pleasant chat, and inspection of his vehicles, decided upon a carriage not too large, but comfortably accommodating two with our luggage. For the carriage, two horses, and driver, the charge was, for the two days' journey to Setif, ioo francs; however we bargained for 90 francs. Our three lady friends had passed through Bougie, so we were told by the carriage proprietor, the week before, having been detained two days there by the rain. After making all the necessary arrangements and bargaining, and the young fellow our coachman having to breakfast and get ready the horses, we returned by boat to steamer, breakfasted, then put our luggage together, leaving the Noah's Ark to con tinne its sea voyage to Philippeville alone. We had enjoyed the stay in our comfortable ¿oating hotel, and had we been continuing our sea voyage, should have.
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