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The Nile1


    I AM to speak to you to-night of the Nile, and I think I may fairly say it is the most famous river in all the world famous through all the ages, for the civilisation that has existed on its banks; famous for its mystic fabulous rise, about which so many sages and philosophers have pondered; famous for its length, traversing one-fifth the distance from pole to pole; famous, and apparently destined to be famous, for the political combinations that ever centres around it. But I feel I must begin by an apology, for now that Egypt has come so completely within the tourist's range, probably many of my hearers have seen more of the Nile than I have.

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