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Diary entry by Gertrude Bell

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Thurs 11. [11 May 1905] Off at 6.30 by train to Aryk ÷ren [Arikˆren]
which we reached at 8. Found my horses and 'Abud and Muhammad
Chowish with a baggage mare and set off across the plain. Very hot,
the plain all fragrant with an aromatic plant. We turned off the Maden
Sheher road and went straight up the hill. Brown green irises. We got
to the upper village DaoulÈ at about 12 and I lunched in the apse of a
church. The place was delightful and I resolved to try and stay here.
The Sheikh's oda turned out to be unexceptionable. Its walls were
plastered with mud and had [Arabic characters] written on them. I
turned out the felts and rugs, put in my own furniture and established
myself. Measured 2 churches before tea and copied an inscription
after. Dined on the roof in front of my house with a wonderful great
view before me. The Sheikh's name Hajj Weli.

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