pposite slope onto ●the highway to Damascus.
For miles the r●oad ascended sharply, elbowing▓ its way through narrow gorges, or ▓crawling along the face of
a mountain whe●re its edge was a yawning precipi●ce.The giant cedars of the fir●st slopes had given way to clumps of stunted● dwarfs, cowering in deep-cut ravi▓nes
behind protecting shoulders of the r●ange.Few were the villages, and● being low and flat and built of the same calca▓reous rock as the mountains,
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they escap▓ed the eye until one was almost upon them.● In every hamlet one or more of the house●holders marched back and for▓th on the top of his dwelling, dragging after hi▓m a great stone roller and chanting a mo●urnful dirge that seemed to ▓cheer him on in his
labor.At ●first sight these flat roofs s▓eem to be of heavy blocks of stone.I●n reality they are made of branches and bushes●, plastered over with mud, and, were the rolli●ng neglected for a fortnight in● this rainy season, they would soon sag and f▓all in of th