It Happened in Egypt


Produced by Suzanne Shell, David Gundry, Michael Lockey, Martin Agren, Tonya Allen and PG Distributed Proofreaders IT HAPPENED IN EGYPT by C.N. & A.M. Williamson Authors of "The Port of Adventure" "The Heathen Moon", Etc. 1914 TO D.D. AND F.C.J. WHO WERE THERE WHEN IT HAPPENED WE DEDICATE THIS STORY OF ADVENTURES GRAVE AND GAY IN EGYPT CONTENTS CHAPTER I. The Secret and the Girl II. Cleopatra and the Ship's Mystery III. A Disappointment and a Dragoman IV. A Man in a Green Turban V. The Caf of Abdullahi VI. The Great Sir Marcus VII. The Revelations of a Retired Colonel VIII. Foxy Duffing IX. What Happened When My Back Was Turned X. The Secret Monny Kept XI. The House of the Crocodile XII. The Night of the Full Moon XIII. An Underground Proposal XIV. The Desert Diary Begun XV. The Desert Diary to Its Bitter End XVI. An Oiled Hand XVII. The Ship's Mystery Again XVIII. The Asiut Affair XIX. "If at First You Don't Succeed" XX. The Zone of Fire XXI. The Opening Door XXII. The Driver of an Arabeah XXIII. Bengal Fire XXIV. Playing Heavy Father to Rachel XXV. Marooned XXVI. What We Said: What We Heard XXVII. The Inner Sanctuary XXVIII. Worth Paying For XXIX. Exit Antoun XXX. The Sirdar's Ball XXXI. The Mountain of the Golden Pyramid XXXII. The Secret IT HAPPENED IN EGYPT CHAPTER I THE SECRET AND THE GIRL The exciting part began in Cairo; but perhaps I ought to go back to what happened on the Laconia, between Naples and Alexandria. Luckily no one can expect a man who actually rejoices in his nickname of "Duffer" to know how or where a true story should begin. The huge ship was passing swiftly out of the Bay of Naples, and already we were in the strait between Capri and the mainland. I had come on deck from the smoking-room for a last look at poor Vesuvius, who lost her lovely head in the last eruption. I paced up and down, acutely conscious of my great secret, the secret inspiring my voyage to Egypt. For months it had been the hidden romance of life; now it began to seem real. This is not the moment to tell how I got the papers that revealed the secret, before I passed them on to Anthony Fenton at Khartum, for him to say whether or not the notes were of real importance. But the papers had been left in Rome by Ferlini, the Italian Egyptologist, seventy years ago, when he gave to the museum at Berlin the treasures he had unearthed. It was Ferlini who ransacked the pyramids all about Mero, that so-called island in the desert, where in its days of splendour reigned the queens Candace. Fenton, stationed at Khartum, an

A. M. (Alice Muriel) Williamson and C. N. (Charles Norris) Williamson

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