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Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Volume 20, September, 1877.

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Author: Various Authors
Published: 1877
Language: English
Wordcount: 83,841 / 245 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 62.2
LoC Category: AP
Downloads: 433
Added to site: 2010.04.11
mnybks.net#: 27307
Origin: gutenberg.org
Genre: Periodical
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t to travel, the tribe of the Beni-Menguellet, upon whose territory the fair is held, became fearful of the loss of its commercial advantages, which were largely dependent on the visits of the tribes on the left bank. They consequently proposed the building of a bridge, and offered to furnish men and materials to be used under French direction. A section of sappers commanded by a lieutenant soon finished the work with the aid promised. The Kabyles showed great skill in the handling of their rude tools. With their small axes they felled large trees so rapidly as to astonish the French. The felling, however, was a minor part of the task. The heavy beams had to be carried from the bottom of the steep ravine up goat-paths to the level of the bridge. This was done in the old Egyptian way, by sheer multiplication of hands, with no aid from the mechanical forces. A number of men took hold of each beam and of hand-spikes passed under it where the track was wide enough, and others drew by ropes. The slow and solemn pr

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