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A Syce.jpg Egyptian Social Types (From Tombs)ThumbnailsEgyptian Water Carriers filling their jarsEgyptian Social Types (From Tombs)ThumbnailsEgyptian Water Carriers filling their jarsEgyptian Social Types (From Tombs)ThumbnailsEgyptian Water Carriers filling their jars

A stranger
is impressed during his first days in Cairo with the spectacle of runners in front of carriages to warn people to get out of the way. These fellows have a picturesque dress and muscular legs, and their duty is to clear the way, by keeping a few yards in advance and warning people that a carriage is coming. An appendage of this sort is called a syce, and formerly it was necessary that he should be a native born Egyptian, but at present a Nubian may aspire to the position, and it is not unusual to see syces of the complexion of charcoal in front of elegant carriages.

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The Project Gutenberg EBook of The Story Teller of the Desert--"Backsheesh!", by Thomas W. Knox Published in 1885
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