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Documentary | Short
Ungainly waterwheels and pumps that may have been startling and new in Moses' day, queer, ineffective plows, drawn by camels and oxen, white-sailed fishing craft clustered together on the river like a flock of great gulls, huge pyramids and the ruins of royal temples, impress us forcibly with the strange, half oriental, half barbaric civilization which was the mother of our modern attainment. Best of all are the people, tall Mohammedans, with white hats and flowing robes, on their way to the Hammam Baths, Copts, or Native Christians, splendid looking Bedouins from the desert, and tall, supple native women filling their water jars at the river bank. All this is typical of the Egypt of old. We are no less struck with the evidence these pictures give us that Egypt is something else than a mummified museum of antiquity. Automobiles and street cars are greatly in evidence and palatial tourist steamers plough their way through the muddy waters of the Nile. Typical of modem progress is the great dam at Assouan, a marvel of engineering ingenuity of which exceptionally interesting views are shown. The strange medley of barbarism and civilization shown on this reel gives it an unusual interest that can hardly fall to make it popular.