Bord du Nil
[Edge of the Nile]
Published Lichtenstein & Harari, Cairo (1902-1912)
EGYPT. — The Tree Showing the place where Moses was found by the Pharaos Daughter
On the back:
Egypte. — L’Arbre indiquant l’endroit ou Moise a été trouvé par la fille de Pharaos
Publisher: Levy & Sons
During the first world war, soldier camped near Cairo often visted the city, buying souvenirs and takings tours of the city, which included many holy sites such as the place where Moses was found. When they later wrote home about what they’d seen, the letters were often publishined in their local newspaper: Some extracts:
We visited Old Cairo again last Sunday, having a guide this time, who took us through two of the oldest churches in Egypt, being built by the Romans 2000, years B.C., almost as old as the pyramids. We then crossed the Nile to see where Moses was found in the rushes, but his cradle and Moses were not present, there being only a few reeds and a tree. The trip was very interesting, most of the old city now having given away, making a large heap of stone lying on the ground.
“Soldiers’ Letters: Pte. C. W. Boore.” The Grafton Argus and Clarence River General Advertiser, 16 August 1916
We drove through the main streets, then through some old broken down place (what is called the Old Cairo), till we came to the River Nile, where Moses was found in the bullrushes. A big pillar has been erected in the traditional place. At this pillar some of the water is taken away every August by the Sultan.
“Letters from the Front”, Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners’ Advocate, 15 August 1916
We visited Rhodes Island, on the Nile, where Moses was found by Pharaoh’s daughter, in the bullrushes. Bullrushes are still there, just near Pharaoh’s Palace, which is still there also.
“A letter from Pte. John, Murtagh”, Queensland Times, 18 November 1915
It might be about here.
I have pointed out elsewhere that as Cairo is the Arab capital, it was essential for the picturesque legend of Moses and the bulrushes to be located within a reasonable distance of that city, and the Island of Roda afforded the most promising locality. It had a mud shoal, upon which bulrushes may conceivably have grown in prehistoric times. It is not so near the chief sights and monuments of the capital as to be swamped by their superior attractions; it is rather a favourite picnicking place. Your Mohammedan is more apt to combine picnics with religious celebrations than most people. The visit to the family tombs on the chief day of Bairam seems to the eye of the infidel Christian much more connected with eating and drinking than anything else. Therefore the Princess Bint-Anat, the Pharaoh’s favourite daughter, and probably his wife also — some say that she stood in both these relations to Rameses the Great himself—had to find Moses’s ark on some portion of that once-favoured isle.
“Oriental Cairo: the city of the ‘Arabian nights'”, Douglas Brooke Wheelton Sladen, 1911