chapter  4
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THE SHRINE OF 'ALI AL SHARJI

WHY, I wondered idly, had Haji Rikkan asked me to disembark at the little town

of Kumait, some fifty or sixty miles north of the marshes which were his usual beat? I should soon know, for the steamer on which I had come from Baghdad was bearing full-speed downstream on the top of a spring flood, and the clump of willows and solitary date-palm which mark Kumait were already in sight.