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At last, as the train approached Damascus, they found themselves in a narrow valley that was almost a gorge. Through this valley a clear stream rushed and roared over an exceedingly rocky bed. This stream drove a number of mills, the entrances to which were always surrounded by donkeys and camels, these animals having brought little loads of grain to the mills to be ground.

By dan, January 20, 2013.

Found in Dick Merriwell’s Pranks, authored by Burt L. Standish.

General

In his letters Dimitri had promised a lush valley with fertile soils. He had penned beautiful poetry telling of the landscape and the home he was building them from rock. So she had assumed that this craggy pass with it's rocky scree sides and coarse vegetation was just a part of the long journey from her home. She asked her guide to let her rest a while and take her horse for a drink in the brook that ran by the trail. But he shook his head and pointed to a stone cottage ahead, barely larger than a woodsman hut. A thin wisp of smoke curled into the sky from the slanting chimney and out side stood a man. Dimitri. She cast her eyes around again trying to tally the fiction with the reality. The soil was too poor and full of stones to plant crops, the steep slopes were only fit for goats and perhaps some sheep.

General

The ground swerved into the narrow valley that was almost a gorge , it ran for around ten miles before sloping back up. From here we could see herds of cattle swarming through the narrow corridor of the valley and small shrubs growing on the sides. The forest had been the heart of this world but now we were in the soul. This was our freedom.

By isabella, October 25, 2015.