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  A BEDOUIN WOMAN OF THE DESERT - The Syrian woman at the left was one of the unfortunates who were detained in Chicago on account of the commercial failure of the Wild East entertainment of the Society Hamidie, which, after attempts in the old ball park at Wentworth avenue and Thirty-fifth street, in the Garfield Park horseracing grounds on the West Side, and in a stockade at the west end of Midway Plaisance, went into the hands of Mr. Catlin, and, later, of Mr. Byrne, as Receiver. By the Receiver's efforts, the starving and suffering Arabs were paid enough money from the sale of Arabian horses and animals, to get them back on the Nedj, where, it is said, all Chicagoans will be roasted in a fire pit, if they be ever caught crossing the Arabian Desert. We elsewhere show pictures of Bedouin women in the upper classes, and may note that wild and pastoral life does not emancipate the race from caste and class difference.

A HINDOO JUGGLER - There was, on the faces of the Hindoos, an expression of reserved pride, and the celebrated Maharajah of Kapurthala, who was so long at the Fair, bore almost exactly the facial appearance of our juggler. He was one of several who had their little house in a conspicuous position at the northern entrance to the street from the viaduct of the Illinois Central Railway. This "Sahib" lost caste by coming to Chicago, but as Mohammedanism is gaining ground in India, and the English are breaking down caste laws, the penalty will be nothing that backsheesh will not pay.
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