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services, and had the greatest opinion to give me a very trilling stab, or of his own knowledge in the use of wound, gear the crown of the head, fore-arms, to which he did not {cru. fo that the blood trickled over my ple to say Ras Michael owed all his face. I had tript him up, but till vi&ories. Indeed it was to the good then had never siruck him. I now opinion that the Ras had of him as wrested the knife from him with a a foldier that he owed his being fuf- full intention to kill him; but Provifer d to contioue at Gondar; for he dence directed better. Initead of the was fuspected to have been familiar point, I ftruck so violently with the with one of his uncle's wives in Ti- handle upon his face as to leave scars, ere, by whom it was thought he had which would be distinguished even aå child, at least the Ras put away mong the deep marks of the small-pox. his wife, and never owned the child An adventure so new, and so unexto be his.

pected, presently overcame the effects This min supped with us that night, of wine. It was too late to difturb any: and thence began one of the most se- body either in the palace or at the house rious affair's I ever heard in Abyffi- of the Ras. A hundred opinions were nia. Guebra Mascal, as usual, vaunt- immediately started; some were for ed inceffantly his fill in fire-arms, sending us up to the king, as we were the wonderful gun that he had, and actually in the precincts of the palace. fears he had done with it. Petros where lifting a hand is death. Ayto faid, laughing, to him, “ You have Heikel advised that I should go, lace a genius for shooting, but you have as it was, to Kofcam; and Petros. had no opportunity to learn. Now, that I thould repair immediately to Yagoube is come, he will teach you the House of Ayto Aylo, while the fomething worth talking of." They two Baalomaals were for taking me to had all drank abundantly, and Gue. sleep in the palace. Anthule, in whose bra Mafcal had uttered words that I house I was, and who was therefore thought were in contempt of ine. “I most shocked at the outrage, wilhied me believe, replied I peevishly enough, to stay in his house from a suppotition Guebra Mascal, i Mould suspect, that I was seriously wounded, which from your discourse, you Deither all of them, seeing the blood fall oknew men nor guns; every gun of ver my eyes, seemed to think was the mine in the hands of my servants case, and he, in tite morning, at the Hall kill twice as far as yours; for king's risingi was to state the matter my own, it is not worth my while as it happened. All these advices to put a ball in it: When I com- appeared good when they were pro. pare with you, the end of a tallow- posed; for my part, I thought they Candle in my gun fhall do more exc. only tended to make bad worse, and Co-ion than an iron ball in the best bore the appearance of guilt, of which of voutswith all the skill and expe. I was not oãn cious. rience you pretend to.”

. I now ditermined to go home, and He said I was a Frank, and a to bed in my own house. With that inliar, and, upon my immediately rifing tention, I washed my face and wound op, he gave me a kick with his fooi. in vinegar, and found the blood to I was quite blind with pallion, seiz- be already itaunched. 1. then wrapt ed him by the throat, and threw him myself up in my cloak, anu returned on the ground, stout as he was. The home without accident, and went to Apylinians know nothing of either bed. But this would neither satisfy wrestling or boxing. He drew his Ayto Heikel nor Petros, who went knife as he was falling, attempted to to the house of Ayto Ayly, then past cui me in the face, but bis ar: not midnight, lu chat early in the mornbeing at freedom, all he could do was ing, when scarce ligix, I fuw b'm

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Come i to my chamber, Guebra affair while it is not yet generally Mascal nad fled to the house of Ke- known. People that talk of my being fla Ya jus his relation; and the first wounded expect to see me, I suppose, news we heard in the niorning, after without a leg or an arm. When they Ayto Aylo arrived, were, that Gue- see me fo early riding in the street, bra Mascal was in irons at the Ras's all will pass for a story as it should house,

do. Would you wish to pardon him Every person that came afierwards entirely."-" That goes against my brought up some new account; the heart, 100, says Aylo, he is a bad whole people present had been ex- man.”-“ My good friend, faid I, ainined, and had given, without va- be in this guided by me, I know we riation, the true particulars. of my both think the fame thing. If he is furbearance, and his infolent behavi a bad man, he was a bad man before our. Every body trembled for some I knew him. You know wbat you violent refolution the Ras was to told me yourself of the Ras's jealousy take on my first complaint. The of him. What if he was to revenge town was full of Tigre soldiers, and his own wrongs, under pretence of nobody saw clearer than I did, how- giving me fatisfaction for mine? ever favourable a turn this had taken Come lose no time, get upon your for me in the beginning, it might mule, go with me to Ozoro Efther, be my destruction in the end.. I will answer for the confequences."

I asked Ayto Aylo his opinion. We arrived there ; the Ras was He seemed at a loss to give it me; not fitting in judgment, he had drank .but said, in an uncertain tone of hard the night before, on occasion of voice, he could with that I would not Powussen's marriage, and was not in coniplain of Guebra Marcal while I bed when the story of the fray reachwas angry, or while the Ras was so ed him. We found Ozoro Esther in inveterate against him, till some of a violent anger and agitation, which his friends had spoken, and appeased, was much alleviated by my laughing. at least, his first resentment. I an- On her alising me about my wound, swered, “ That I was of a contrary which had been represented to her opinion, and that no time was to be as dangerous, “ I am afraid, said I, lost: remember the letter of Maho- poor Guebra Mascal is worse wounda met Gibberti; remember his confi- ed than 1.” Is he wounded too? dence yesterday of my being safe says the; I hope it is in his heart." where hc was; remember the ina “ Indeed, replied I, Madam, there Huence of Ozoro Efther, and do not are no wounds on either lide. He let us lose a moment.” “ Whit, was very drunk, and I gave him fer favs Aylo to me in great surprise, veral blows upon the face as he defera are you mad? Would you have bim ved, a d he has already gor all the cutto pieces in the midst of 20,000 of chastisement he ought to have ; it his countrymen? Would you be dim- was all a piece of folly.” “ Promenia ? that is, guilty of the blood of digious! says she; is this so?" “ It is to all the province of Tigre, througk fays Aylo, and you fall hear it all bywhich you muit go in your way and-by, only let us stop the propagahome? “ Jast the contrary, laid tion of this foolish Atory." I, nobody has so great a right over The Ras in the instant fent for the Ras's anger as I have, being the us. He was naked, fitting on a ftool, person injured ; and, as you and I and a Nave swathing up his lame leg can get access to Ozoro Erher when with a broad belt or bandage. I we picale, let us go inmediately asked him calmly and pleasantly if I thither, and stop the progress of this could be of any service to him? Hie

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What! says he, are you all mad ? end we all aim at. I feel the affront Avlo, what is the matter between offered to you more than you do, him and that miscreant Guebra Maf- but will not have the punishment at. cal?"_" Why, said I, I am come tributed to you; this affair shall turne to tell you that myself ; why do you to your honour and security, and in aik Ayto Aylo? Guebra Mascal got that light only I can pass over his drunk, was infolent, and truck me. infolence. « Wellera Sclaffe, says I was sober, and bear him, as you be, falling into a violent pallion in vill see by his face ; and I have now an instant, What sort of a stile of be-". come to you to fay I am sorry that I haviour is this my men have adopted a lifted my hand againft your nephew; with strangers? And mwy Pranger, bat he was in the wrong, and drunk; too, and in the king's palace, and the and I thought it better to chastise king's fervant? What am I dead? him on the spot, than trust him to or become incapable of governing you, who perhaps might take the af. longer?” Welleta Selaße bowed, fair to heart, for we all know your but was afraid to speak, and indeed justice, and that being your relation the Ras looked like a fiend. is no excuse when you judge between “ Come, lays the Ras, let me fee man and man.” “ I order you, your head.” I shewed him where Aylo, says Michael, as you esteem the blood was already hardened, and my friendship, toʻtell me the truth, said it was a very night cut. “ A really as it was, and without dif- cui, continued Michael, over that guise or concealment."

part, is mortal.” * You see, Sir, Aylo began accordingly to relate faid I, I have not even clipt the hair the whole history, when a servant ' about the wound. It is nothing ; called me out to Ozoro Esther. I now give me your promise you will found with her another nephew of the fet Guebra Mascal at liberty; and Ras, a much better man, called Wel. not only that, but you are not to relera Selalle, who came from Keila proach him with the affair further Yalous, and Guebra Mascal himself, than that he was drunk, not a crime desiring I would forgive and inter- in this country.” “ No, tru!y, says cede for bim, for it was a drunken he, it is not; but that is, because quarrel without malice. Ozoro Ef. io is very rare that people fight with ther had cold him part. '“ Come in 'knives when they are drunk. I wita me, said I, and you shall fee I scarce ever heard of it, even in the never will leave the Ras till be for. camp.” “I fancy, faid I, endeagive him.” “ Let him punith bim, vouring to give a light turn to the says Welleta Selalle, he is a bad man, conversation, thiey have not often bot don't let the Ras either kill or wherewithal to get drunk in your maim him." " Come, faid I, let camp." “ Not this last year, says ts go to the Ras, and he shall neither he, laughing, there were no houics kill, maim, nor punish him, if I can in the country.” “But let me only help it. It is my first request; if he merit, said I, Welleta Selafle's friend. refuses me, I will return to Jidda; ship, by making him the medienger come and hear.”

of good news to Guebra Maical, Aylo had urged the thing home that he is at liberty, and you have to the Ras in the proper light--that forgiven him.” “ At liberty ! says of my safery. “ You are a wise he, Where is he?"' « lo your houfr, man, lays Michael, now perfectly faid I, somewhere in irons.", " That cool, as soon as he saw me and Wel is Ether's inteligence, continued

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the Ras, these women tell you all an end of a tallow candie, in a gun their secrets, but wheo I remember in your hand, would do more exe. your behaviour 10 Them I do not cution than an iron bullet in his?" wonder at it, and that consideration “ Certainly, Sir, I did so."-" And likewise obliges me to grant what why did you say this :” says the you alk. Go, Welleta Seiasse, and king dryly enough, and in a manner free that dog froin his collar, and di- I had not before oblerved. " Berect him to go to W heta Micl ael, caule, replied I, it was a truth, and.' who will give him his orders to levy a proper reproof to a vain man, who, the meery in Woggora, let him not whatever eminence he might have fee my face will he returns."

obtained in a country like this, has After dinner we flipt away to not knowledge enough to entitle him parties of ladies, where anarchy pre- to the truit of cleaning a gun in vailed as complete as at the house of mine."-" O! ho! continued the the Ras. All the married women king; as for his knowledge I am ate, drank, and smoaked like the not speaking of that, but about his men ; and it is impoffible to convey gun. You will not persuade me that, to the reader any idea of this bac- with a tallow candle, you can kill a chanalian scene in terms of common man or a horse."'-" Pardon me, decency. I found it neceffary to Sir, said I, bowing very respeá fully, quit this riot for a short time, and I will attempt to persuade you of noget leave to breathe the fr: sh air of thing but what you are pleased to be the country, at such a difance as that, convinced oi : Guebra Mascal is my once a day, or once in two days. I equal no more, you are my malter, might be at the palace, and avoid the ans, while I ar: at your court, under constant succession of ihole violent your protection, you are in place of scenes of debauchery of woich no Eu- my sovereigo ; it would be grear preropean can form an idea, and which fumption :d me to argue with you, it was imposible to escape, even at or lead to a conversation against an Koscam.

opinion that you propts you are alAlthough the king's favour, the ready fixed in.”— No, no, says he, protection of the Ras, and my oblig- with a ai: ef gremindaess, Ly no ing, attertive, and lowly behaviour to means,

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l urid you would every body, had made me as popular expore your en bevre bad people ; as I could with at Gondar, and a. what you say to ole is nothing."mong the Tigrans fully as much as “Ai nhat I fay, to kou, Sır, has those of Amhara, yet it was eały to 2 ways been a lcrupulously true as preceive, that the cause of ny quar. if I had been ipeking to the king rel with Guebra Maical was not yet my ratire foverenand malter. Whe. forgot.

ther I can kill a n with a candle, One day, wher I was standing by or nut, is an 4.periment that thould the king in the palace, he asked, jo not he marle. Te' me, however, discourse, “ Whether 1, too, was what I dial w bctore you that you pot drunk in the quarrel with Gue. may deer. ñ quivalent ? Will bra Mascal, before we came to piercing the cable upon which your blows ?” and, upon ır; faying that I dinner is served, (it was of sycamore, was perfectly sober, both before and abont three quarters of an inch thick), afier, because Anthule's rid wine was at the length of this room, be deem. finished, and I never willingly drank ed a sufficient proof of what I advane hydromcl, or mead, h- asked with a ced?" degree of keenue's, “ Did yout! " Ah, Yagoube, Yagoube, says foberly say to Guebra Malcal, that the king, take care what you say.

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That is indeed more than Guebra have taken leave of your good fhield Marcal will do at that distance; but for ever.” The word was given, and take great care, you don't know the gun fired. It struck the three these people ; they will lie themselves shields, neither in the most difficult all day; nay, cheir whole life is one nor the ealiest place for perforation, lie; but of you they expect better, something half way between the rim or would be glad to find worse ; take and the boss. The candle went carc." Ayto Engeden, who was through the three shields with such then present, said, “ I am sure if violence that it dashed itself to a Yagoube fays be can do it, he will thousand pieces against a stone-wall do it; but how, I don't know. Can behind it. I turned to Engedan, you shoot through my thield with a saying very lowly, gravely, and with tallow candle?” “. To you, Ayto out exultation or triumph, on the Engedan, said I, I can speak freely; contrary, with absolute indifference, I could shoot through your shield if “ Did not I tell you your thield was it was the strongest in the army, and naught?”. A great thout of applaule kill the strongest man in the army followed from about a thousand peo. that held it before him. When will ple that were gathered together. The you see this tried ?" 6 Why now, three shields were carried to the king, fays the king; there is, nobody here.” who exclaimed in great transport, "The foon:r the better, said I; I “I did not believe it before I lawit, would not wish to remain for a mo.. and I can scarce believe it now I ment longer under so disagreeable an have seen it.' Where is Guebra imputation as that of lying, an infa- Mascal's confidence now? But what mous one in my country, whatever it do either he or we know? We know may be in this. Let me send for nothing? I thought he looked a. my gun; the king will look out at balhed. the window.” Nobody, says he koows " Ayto Engedan, said I, we runt any thing of it; sioody will come.have a touch at that table. It was

The king appeared to be very an- faid the piercing that was more xious, aod, I law plainly, incredu- than Guebra Maical could do. We lous.' The gun was brought; Enge- have one half of the candle left dan's shield was produced, which was still ; it is the thinpelt, weakest half, of a strong buffalo's hide. I said to and I shall put the wick foremost, him, “ This is a weak one, give me because the cotton is softest.” The one ftronger,” He thook his head, table being now properly placed, to En. and said, " Ah, Yagoube, you'll find gedan's utmut aitonilhmert 'he can it strong enough ; Engedan's Thield dle, with the wick foremost, went thro' is known to be no voy," Tecla Ma- the table, as the other had gone thro' riam brought such a shield, and the the three shields. “By S Michael ! Billetana Guera Tecla another, both says Engedan, Yagoube, hereafter of which were moft excellent in their fay to me you can raise my father kind. I loaded the gup before them, Eshte from the grave, and I will befrit with powder, then upon it Nid lieve you.” Some priists who were down one half of what we call a there, though surprired at first, seem. farihing candle; and, having beat off ed afierwards to treat it rather lightly, the handies of three shields, I put because they thought it below their them clofe in contact with each o- dignity to be surprised at any thing. ther, and set them all three against a They laid it was done (naucktouk) poci.

i by writing, by which they meant . “Now, Engedan, said I, when magic. Every body embraced that you please lay--Fire! but mind you opinion as an evident and rational

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