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many times, and having in the first instance sent him presents of clocks and preserved ginger and silver-plated trays and ambergris and sweetmeats. The influential Elarbi may or may not make himself agreeable in return in the matter of a privy trading concession down on the ocean coast, where his brother is a mighty tribal chieftain, having power over full five thousand brawny and fanatical Arabs mouthing the Shellah' and willing to barter wrought copperagainst American rifles, or, better still, to get possession of the rifles and then withhold the equiv. alent, gaining such time as shall enable the troops of el Sidna' to swoop down and declare this trading with the unredeemed to be illicit. So long as the Powers mistrust one another, and the Moorish Government (with good cause) mistrusts them all, such irregular trading is certain to proceed. The misfortune is that the importation of more rifles only aggravates the Morocco diffculty; but this is no problem for the simple mercantile mind that wants its honest hundred per cent. on the firearms and then to be quit for good and all of the country.
Beside the scheming Frank rides his interpreter, and before them runs their soldier, clearing the way and every now and again fetching a deft blow with his switch that achieves the love. lock of a Riffian or the pendulous and frothy lip of a camel. “Out of the way! out of the way, O you whose mulish mother is even now vainly kicking at the gate of Paradise! Out of the way for my lord caballero inglés, O son of a mother whose consent was foregone! May your father burn merrily in the pit! Out of the way, O bastard camel, mother of slowness, abode of dirt! Balak! balak! balak !"'10 Thus runs the chant thoughtfully intoned by this precursor, and it is scarcely to be won.
dered at if the welcome he prepares for his patron should at times lack the display of enthusiasm, conveyed rather by wrathful frown and by spitting on the ground and murmuring against being thus ridden down by a Christian within the shadow of the Mosque.
Arrived at the gateway of the great man's dwelling, the party halts, and some moments elapse ere a crowd of lazy slaves and servile freedmen, loafing on a bench and criticising the newcomer, particularly his hat and halfboots, are scattered by the fine profanities of the soldier and interpreter, with whom one of their number is soon busy negotiating the baksheesh that shall be his if he instantly conducts them to his master's presence. As a matter of fact, his master is not within, for his chance of driving some. thing of a bargain, already slender enough with the Syrian (who at least permits no one else to rob bis own private preserve), vanishes with the clattering of mule-hoofs further up the alley, and the curses of a mangy dame flung against the wall.
In courteous greeting the approaching lord of the garden bends to his horse's neck, but not instantly may his guest follow him within the gates. Fatma, it is true, is absent, but there are other ladies to be warned off to their own apartments, and only after several minutes, with distant suggestion of the opening and slamming (ay, and bolting) of gates, does mine host once more appear in the archway of the courtyard, his somewhat sensual face wreathed in the smiles of prospective hospitality. Enter to him the booted and spurred Lothario from the North, who momentarily feels the disadvantage to which khaki shootingsuit, half-boots, and Panama straw are seen beside the flowing white robes, yellow slippers, and beautifully folded
& A language spoken in the Sus and generally Bouth of the Atlas.
• 'Our lord,' 1. e. the Sultan. 10 1. e. 'Out of the way! Look out!'
turban of the country. The Moslem every master he bad ever served, and motions bis guest to a small and com- recanted every faith he had ever pro fortless cane chair, and gracefully sub- fessed. But nowadays the Dutch sides on
an orange-colored mattress trouble us not, and I doubt if there is beneath a shelf that proudly bears six one in all Maghreb. Still,” concluded clocks, all ticking loudly, all marking the old rogue, “It is my wish that your different hours, recalling to the Eng. brother's arms may triumph, for are lishman a ladies' congress that he once you not my friend ?" was privileged to witness from At length, after much more exchange barred guichet, when all the fair ones of compliment, waning patience, and talked together and each voiced mutual resolve to give over with fooldifferent opinion.
ing, these different types of moneyThe hour is the hour of the after. making humanity were on the right noon prayer, and the old Moor is footing and came to the business of straight from Mosque, where he has the day. Quoth the Englishman, per recited the holy writings and droned interpreter, “What says my friend's the articles of that wonderful faith of good brother to the syndicate's offer? trust and bloodshed, and great possi- In what terms has he answered my bilities of proselytizing, and of trouble friend's letter?" by no means ended with the nineteenth "God is great” answered the gentle century.
Moor, parting his grizzled beard with "God be with you!" says the old
delicate white fingers. “Two moons gentleman amiably; "and I trust that ago I had already apprised my brother, to-day's mails from Bernsara brought the Fki Mnasr, of your arrival from you good news of your home.” This Bernsara, and, lo, he answered not. apparently inane politeness was, in Only yesterday, though, at the hour of point of fact, a time-saving attack on the evening prayer, there rode to my the main business of the visit; but the garden a trusted' messenger from my Anglo-Saxon had, for all his young brother. 0 Hmad!"-this summons fair face and innocent blue eyes, learnt brought from behind a pillar, where he things on his travels, and he astutely had apparently been eavesdropping, a bade his interpreter parry the thrust coal-black slave, who rolled the whites with a polite assurance that his father of his eyes encouragingly his was quite well (the old kadi wished de- owner's guest. A whispered order voutly in his heart that his visitor's sent this pampered animal away into father might, for all he cared, burn in
the house, whence he presently the pit), and that his brother had gone emerged with a letter, oblong and redforth to fight his Sultana's enemies. sealed, and flanked by two female “Who were the enemies this time?" slaves bearing aloft trays with tea, asks the old gentleman. "Not the coffee, cakes and sweetmeats various. Francés, the nation without a ruler? Gravely, and with due attention to an Not the Pru88, who drink much yellow operation so important, the host added beer-men large in the waist, who ask mint and sugar to a pot already overno indemnities of our lord the Sultan? flowing in the electro-plated tray. Then nor the Italians, nor Mosko, nor Aus- refreshment
served. The old triaca! The Dutch? Who were the gentleman adjusted a pair of enormous Dutch? Tradition has it that a Dutch- round horn-rimmed goggles, and proman once embraced Ul Islam and be. ceeded to read aloud, with a hesitation came Wazeer and chief of the army-a suggestive of elimination and selection, false, ingratlating dog, who betrayed from the now unfolded letter.
The result, as communicated by the "Because in the first place he did not interpreter, who pounced on each com- hand me the letter to read to you mypleted phrase as a matrimonial detec- self-it would not be etiquette to ask tive on a clue, ran somewhat as fol- for it now-and because he paused just lows:
as often as he came to any compromis“The fifth day of Moharrum in the ing passage not intended for publicayear 1318.
tion.” The Englishman was unmoved. “God only is great! To my dear "Tell him," he said, “that my people brother
greetings! May God in England have just instructed me to prosper you and your house! I have offer Si' Elarbi a very large share of pondered over your letter from the the profits if he will guarantee the English Christian very carefully. I payment of the debts. And tell him write you very privately that I have also,” he added, as a happy aftermade inquiries and understand that this thought, "that I should like you to look Christian"-(here a pause and some at his brother's signature to that letter, confusion)—“is a very honorable and that you may know it again as genuine upright man, one who may be trusted. on the treaty.” With regard to the monopoly treaty The old Moor was narrowly watched with the chiefs under me, several of during the conveyance of the message, them have assured me that they think and he knew it. Yet that parchment it would be well to conclude such a face gave no sign as, calmly refolding treaty, because ."-(another pause the letter and replacing in it his belt, follows, and the spectacles are deliber: “Know, O my friend," he said, “that ately dismounted, wiped, and read- my unfortunate brother did grievously justed,-“if the Christian can faithfully hurt his hand when climbing after the promise to carry out his part of the father of goats a week or two ago; bargain, we could do very good and the letter here is in consequence trade. The rifles would be landed on both written and signed by a talb.12 It the beach, close to the river, and a would not, therefore, help my friend number of our men would be there to" to recognize the signature if he saw -(a short pause) —"receive them and my brother's hereafter." hand over the money."
This naturally settled the matter, The good old gentleman here ap- and the bona fides of both the Sheck peared to have read as far as he in. and his brother vanished like the tended, and was looking intently at his smoke from a kief pipe. Yet the Frank guest and sidelong at the interpreter, sat on, placidly sipping his minty tea curious and concerned to see how far in meditative mood, reflecting ruehis version had been accepted. His sur- fully on the manner in which diamond prise might have been considerable had had cut diamond; for assuredly if the he understood that concluding com- program of his syndicate embraced ment of the interpreter, to the effect nothing more than legitimate commerthat "the old thief down the coast was cial smartness, it admitted to that in probably in league with the Wazeer very high degree. No sign, however, bimself, or had at any rate an eff- of his thoughts escaped him. “We cient band of cut-throats handy to take shall presently have a great and inover the rifles and then slit the vend- creasing trade,” quoth he, “and my ors? throats."
friend's share will soon amount to Asked why he should suspect any- thousands of dollars. How will be thing of the kind,
have them remitted ?". The old fox 11 Perhaps the udad, or so-called 'mondon.'
12 A secretary.
thought a moment. It would never do in a long low wail, as the mendicant to have his share in this business vacantly turns his empty eye-sockets noised abroad, or very rapidly would towards the horsemen cleaving the his Highness the Wazeer requisition a gathering gloom. The Englishman, unmodest hundred per cent. of the profits. moved by a piteous appeal that he can. "There is," he said at last, "an old not understand, too engrossed in vituJew in Rabat, protected by the French. peration of the wily El Arbi and his The dog has served me long and well, brother pirate on the shore even to see and I think the dollars might safely the beggar, rides on; but the soldier, be remitted through him. The bastard the poor, hard-working Ahmet, whose cur might, it is true, play false, and"- wage is ninepence a day and his keep, (this regretfully)—“there is no bastin. finds time, without slackening his pace, ado or cell for a protected subject, to slip in unobtrusive fashion a misereven though it be the spawn of the able coin, yet sufficient in that land for Mella. O, my friend! I will
the purposes indicated, into the blind deeply on thy generosity, and let thee man's aimless, palsied hand. Surely, know in due course how best I may that charity shall be writ down in receive the moneys.” Whereon the old golden letters on Ahmet's record page, rascal fell into such a fit of absent- and he shall enjoy a comfortable space mindedness that the Englishman made in Paradise, and much sherbet, and a an almost imperceptible sign to his companion with eyes like the gazelle's Syrian and they took their leave.
and a form graceful as the palm-tree. Outside the city walls they rode A slight interruption in the flow of homeward, passing through many gar- curses flowing so generously over the dens in which the bilbil was tuning up shaven heads of the brothers Wulaffi, for his impassioned love-song, passing rich offerings from both the Syrian a slumbering lepers' quarter, wherein and Anglo-Saxon vocabulary, arrives the smitten herd in peaceful orchards in the shape of a string of camels, of vine and fragrant retreats of lilac. against which the little cavalcade canThrough the winding gates and the nons at a crossing. The camels are bedarkening bazaars they cautiously ing hustled out of the town just prior pick their way, and the call to even- to the closing of the gates, and are not ing prayer sounds from the minarets. therefore disposed to stand on And the young moon sails high over mony. Neither is Ahmet. A vigorous the feathery fingers of date-palms; slash over a shaggy knee, which nearly drowsy storks shake from their costs the donor his right ear, sends the gnarled bills the remains of a frog sup- leading ruminant on a kind of barnper; everywhere, everywhere is the dance in a neighboring booth. droning of unseen insects, and the “O, Ho!" cries the distressed camelwarm musky smell of Eastern spices. man (which means “No! No!"), and
"Allah! Allah! Allah! Give to the something else less suited to publicapoor blind follower of Si’ Bel Abbas! tion cries the enraged old slipper-merGive but a little flu88, a little fluss to chant in the overturned booth. But burn a rushlight to the glory of Si' the little band of distinguished stran. Bel Abbas and buy a morsel of bread; gers is through the press; a few byand tåke for thy charity all Paradise. standers are laughing heartily at sight Charity is virtue! Charity is virtue! of their fellows in trouble-always a Allah akbar!18 Allah al wahed!"'14 mirth-provoking spectacle, East and
This inviting incantation dies away West alike; a few more curse the in18 I. e. "God is great!
14 I. e. "God is the Oue!'
truders for unredeemed Nazarenes; is contemptible in summer, when the and the camel-driver musters his de secrets of its bed are discovered by the moralized property, and the old mer- pitiless sun; in winter, hateful and to chant philosophically gathers up his be reckoned with, as, discolored with red and yellow footgear, and they are hill snow, it swirls over the slippery independently and in their own minds boulders and thirsts for victims, man agreed that the Christian is a pig, and horse. The bridges of the country branded with the hall-mark of a shav- are few, for the Moor is never in Bo en chin, and other distinguishing in. great a hurry as to need them. Should signia of his clan. But verbally they he reach the bank of a swollen river will come to no accord on the subject, in mid-winter, he simply camps, withfor no slipper-merchant, even when a out a murmur, for a month or two, unfellow-sufferer, would Converse fa- til the waters shall have sufficiently miliarly with a mere camel-man. Yet abated to permit of crossing by ford Mohammed himself drove camels be- or ferry. Moonlight be views with no fore his conversion, and camel-men notion of romance, but merely as have ere now become Wazeers.
cooler to his skin than sunlight. The
stars serve him as they serve the mariThe moon is overhead now, and the ner-to fix his course at night; but party halts before turning into the gar- with their usefulness ends their inter. dem, to look, over a winding river est. It is reserved for the cold, matter. bordered with oleander that masks the of-fact Northern nations to find pleasabruptness of its precipitous banks, at ure in these manifestations of Nature, the distant mountains. Truly, a beauti- And thus the Englishman, of a sudden ful evening scene! Yet the Syrian feels forgetting the perjured El Arbi and the the majesty of it only vaguely, and collapse of all those trading hopes that Abmet notices it not at all. It is the would, until his next letter reached imperturbable Englishman-the shop- them, burn so brightly in certain mer. keeper, the unromantic slave of Shal. cantile breasts in Cornbill, drank in tan and flu88—who feels vain regrets
the silver radiance of the moon and and memories stirring in his bosom at the bubbling music of the bilbil, and sight of those earthly giants standing his thoughts harked back over ten proudly away in the plain. Years ago years of forgetfulness, touching - that time in Switzerland, and after wounds that he had thought healed; he had gone down from Oxford-they then forwards, over the future fate of used to look at the mountains in the this Elysium of dolce far niente, the moon in this way. Then she had died; greed of Frenchmen, the lamentable and nothing had much mattered after- indifference or impotence, or both, of wards... Yet the spell of list- his own countrymen. lessness was at this moment broken. Another grunt from Ahmet and a The Atlas had recalled the Alps. Some yawn from the Syrian recall him to trick of light had made the Northman the practical conditions of the present, hanker again after his own land. Ah. and he walks his horse on to the Riad met thought of the remaining black Elkazar, that had been his home these ollves, and fidgeted. The Moor has no two months. place in his simple composition for the And at last he felt the homesickness sensation of enjoying scenic effect. A strong within him, and in his ears was mountain is to him a mountain and the cry of the mother-country for the nothing more-unless he has to cross return of the prodigal. That moment it, and then it is also a curse. A river of moonlight on a silent river and on