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  ARAB SPEARMAN OF THE WILD EAST SHOW - The visit of the Bedouins to Chicago in 1893 was attended with many sorrows, and if the Caucasian fares ill on the desert, the Arabs might well complain that they had no better fortune in the Caucasian country. It was not until the latter days of the Fair that the Bedouins settled with their Wild East safely in that paradise of ethnology, the Midway Plaisance; and though they often figured in the newspapers, it was because of attachments by the Sheriff rather than any popular favor that they evoked. The counter-attraction of the Cowboys, Mexicans, Cossacks, Bedouins, and military under Buffalo Bill, guided by excellent managerial ability, left the Bedouins in the shadows of obscurity and indifference. Nobody, however, who paid twenty-five cents to see these Arabs failed to secure valuable instruction. The patron learned that the Bedouin is at least a peaceable shepherd, of perhaps better temper than the Sicilians or Calabrians now so familiar in America; and if the reader study the figures of horses and riders in the engraving, he will espy the absence of savagery in their attitude. The Bedouin always bears the lance, as it is here seen, and his manner of holding or trailing it usually announces his tribe. He can hurl his lance with good aim, and it is his real weapon, though he usually carries both a bad horse-pistol and a rusty sword. These Bedouins called themselves Syrians.
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