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Diary entry by Gertrude Bell

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Gertrude Bell
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Fri 19. [19 May 1905] The train left at 5.30 and got in at 8.30. I went to
the station early to try and sell my chestnut to the station master who
had offered £T16 for him yesterday. Fattuh brought him to the station
and the villain (an Armenian) seeing he had me in the hollow of his
hand, only offered £T10! At this point Fattuh said he wd buy him for 10
and I agreed. I was no better off but much better pleased, for I was
glad my dear Fattuh shd profit if I must lose and delighted to do the
station master. He was furious and when Fattuh said he wd send him
to Eregli [(Cybistra Heraclea)] by train replied that the charge was
£T2.10 which must have been exaggerated. Fattuh thereupon said he
wd ride. Dear Prof. Ramsay who had come down to see me off was
much interested in all this. The journey all day across the plateau,
great stretching plains with a little cultivation near the line and rows of
hills rising abruptly out of them. We skirted all along the Sultan Dagh
[Sultan Daglari] and got to Kara Hissar [Afyon (Afyonkarahisar)] at
2.30. There we had 20 min. and I lunched not ill. The place most
beautifully situated along fantastic rocks with the castle incredibly
high. The Smyrna [Izmir] station is about a 1/4 of a mile off to the NW.
A line connects the two. Very hot all day. At Eskisheher [Eskisehir
(Dorylaeum)] there had been rain. I went to the hotel Tadya where
dear Frau Tadya received me most kindly and gave me an excellent
dinner. So to bed.

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