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Egyptian Irrigation

    Naturevolume 44page145 (1891) | Download Citation



    THE “Note” on the above subject by Sir Colin Moncrieff, which we publish this week, will prove pleasant reading to all who have the welfare of Egypt at heart. To those who have known that country intimately in the past, the brief record of progress in irrigation since the British occupation will recall the horrors of the corvée, and the torturing of the wretched peasantry by tyrannical farmers of the taxes; and to engineers the record will imply, not only that all those atrocities have been abolished, but further that some of the most difficult and important engineering problems of recent times have been successfully solved by Sir Colin Moncrieff and the able staff under his control. Nothing is exaggerated, but we have in the “Note” a plain and modest statement of the quiet and unostentatious execution of works the mere discussion of the difficulties of which had occupied the time of the predecessors of Sir Colin for the previous quarter of a century without anything useful resulting.

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