Lewistown gazette. (Lewistown, Pa.) 1843-1944, July 17, 1867, Image 1

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Whole No. 2928.
Poor House Business.
The Directors of the Poor meet at the Poor
flouso on the 2d Tuesday of each month.
Collections and remittances promptly made.
Interest allowed on time deposits. iati23-ly.
0-30. W. ELBEB,,
Attorney at Law,
Office Market Square, Lewistown, will at
tend to business in Mifflin. Centre and Hunting
don counties mv 26
Mutual Insurance Company.
Capital, $2,500,000.
TH is Coir panv continues to issue Policies of Insur- •
;m • on Buildings and Personal Property, in Town
or Country, at cash or mutual rates.
JAMES RANKIS, President.
JOSHUA BOiVMAS, Secretary.
'f.nlkVT Lewistown, Pa.
in. zzmr r AHLEIT,
Practicing Physician,
lielievillc, Mifflin County, Pa.
DR. HA HI. EN has boeu appointed an Examining
Surgeon f-r Pensions. B..ldlers requiring exam
ina'i"" will find loin at ln ottice in Belleville.
Belleville, August 22, 18C6.-y
TU'FKHS his professional services to the;.
\ ' citizens of Mifflin county, He is prepared to per
fin:. 'I operations in the denial profession. Ottice
fir-t .ii.'.r from the Lewistown House, Main street. '
where lie "ill le found the first tiro weeks of each
month, and tna last week of eacti month he will i t
v :i Ki-iuicoquillas Valhy. Teeth extracted without t
pain |.y the u-e of nitrous oxide myl-tf ! t
LT.LL. •
C; FFERS his professional services to the citizens of
i Lewistown and vicinity. All in want of good, neat
Work "hi do well to give him a call.
He til iv i.e found at all times at Ins office, three I
dc >is o i-: of II M. & it. Pratt's store. Valley sireet.
; pl9-ly a
Acknowledged to be the be*t. London Prize Medal <
and highest award* in America received. i
and Second hand Pianos. Music.
No. 722 A RCH St- beiovv Bth, Philadelphia. Pa.
Phila., April 24, lSi7-3m
which will he placed upon trial with any other.now
n use. He invites conipetion. It can be tested '•
CO CD. <£} so. a 2a
with any other machine to enable purchers to choose
Give him a call. [inarl9-€ml WM. LIND. i
I i AS taken lite Store formerly occupied
II la- John TAaum. for the purpose of carrying on
ti - U Al'l! MAKING ..iid JEWELRY Biisiuess. Ho
wiil be pleased to see ail Mr. Benin's old customers,
an 1 as many now ones as wilt favor him with a call. 1 i
All work warranted. Stote 011 East Market street, •
nearly opposite the Post Office. i .
Lewistowu. April 24. 18£7-tf
to r/.iTc n stcrs,
Wist tlarkrt *!., Lrwislown,
h k-. t'-aks. H it-*. Honnets, Lndics Fino DUEziS
GOOL/.i and Trimmings. I
pHtlertii of sty lea always on hand. *
Millinery and Dress-Making
exe*un*d in the moat approved style.
Lewiatown. April IS. lfiGO.tf
IST £1 AA7"
Meat Establisment.
HMIH up.dcr-tioned has fi'tcd up the build
J[ ing in Brown street, al>orc Frank's store, for a
meat .-lop where Fresh Beef, I'ork. Mutton, Veal. Ac
ran be had at all limes, an tec liouso for the preserva
tin, of meat bomg connected with tlie establishment
The public are invited to call.
IT--. The room will be opened for the first time on
SAi FKIiAY MORNING. 16th nist.
Lewistown, March 13. 1867—tf.
L&wistown Coach Manufactory,
Junction 3d & Valley street.
t"d togef b" for the purpose of
WT\-tr'i.F '-urt) inaouia uriog • fan in
f*Z_ I lE^I tff 1 ' j b tl" . ts. .Sul .ut s 'run It 'i
c i.eMfci ii I Ml; gSSssd ion*. Ac invite 'he public to
i-'iv tli -m a ah and exam.'e specimen* of their i
w rk. whisk toll br f.'timi eq xl to any in f out of
t'> ties. All hinds of repainn, promptly tltended ;
to. d cl2-)y
has now open
Cloths, Cassimeres
which will be made up to order in the neat
est and must fashionalile styles. at>l9
Attorney at Law,
i.rwi-rrowN. PA.,
OFFKRS his professional tfrvice to the citizen* of
M Ul.u eotiuty. ♦ >rhce *n Northe:t>t corner of the
L a oxid, next to Hoffinntt's store. my-
Milroy, Mifflin County, Pa.,
r PHB Sutnuier Session of this institution
J will coinincnec on the 1-t May, 18G7. Whole fi-
T' i -• t,, r „f 2fi YY.-. k-. including Tuition, Board,
•> ' Fi lu.l.cd Room, sl3. Fullsnstruf'tions given
'■ -*- J) •-j ariug for College. Business, or Teaching.
TI. - li:titmion is located in one of the finest Val
!<•} - iti the .-state, at the f jot of the Sever. Mountains,
in a healthy neighborhood, and umid unsurpassed
s;euery. It is within a feiv inile. by rail
road J. A. AIKENS,
apl7-3io Principal.
1805) are manufacturing under Letters Patent the !
i H st Article of Composition Hoofing ever Uttered to
] tin- Publie. It is adapted to every sty le of Roof, steep
| or flat, ami ean he readily applied by any one.
i The V 8 Government, after a thorough test of its |
utility, have adapted its use in tlie Navy Yards, and
| upon Public Buildings.
The Roofing is put up in rolls, and has only to be
nailed to the Roof to make a
Durable Kit e and Water-Proof Covering.
We particularly recommend its use upon
Building*. Slurp*. Churches, Factories, Machine
Shoj s, Steamboat Decks, &r„
I For coating TIN. Isos. or SIIINOLE Roors. It forms a
Body Bd/tial to Three fonts of Onlinan/ Paint.
So Roof ean rust under it and old leaky Roofs may he
i made permanently water-proof and durable by its use.
The Paint requires so MINING, but is ready to be np
: plied with the ordinary paint brush. Priet.il per gal
, lon. which will cover two hundred square Jeet.
Also manufacturers of
Black Lustre Varnish,
Tarred Frit and Roofing Pitch.
Discount to the Trade. Circulars and Price List fur
nished. Rights for counties sold at low rates. Address
IDT Broad long, N. l r .
Frank Humphreys, 61 Royal St.. N. O.; Sehofield J
Williams A Co, Augusta, GA.; Baldwin il. Woods
Montgomery. Ala.; Thos. 8. Coates. Raleigh, N. C.; F.;
A. flicker Richmond, V.; Henry Wilson, Petersburg, ;
| V'N., Agents. jau23
I) r etv' s Pa lent
crjTrirrs BOOTS
win* lit timtiai!
TH E greatest improvement of tlie age, in this lino
of trade. Ist. it does away with the wrinkles on !
the instep, also, with the weitcd side seam which has I
injured so many feet and ankles. 2d. It makes the !
easiest sitting and best fitting bout ever worn. This'
hoot IS now manufactured by P. K. Loop, who holds
the right of ue for the county, and is prepared to i
furnisii all who wish to wear this boot. A litieral dis
count to dealers who wish to deal in these boots. Or- J
d-.-rs tilled at short notice. Prices greatly reduced on I
all goods a'. P. F. Loop's Shoe Store. febtt I
628. HCOP SKIRTS, 628
SEW SPRING STYLES, -Miir Ova Jlakr."
embracing every New and Desirable size, uyle and ;
siiape of Plain and Trail Hoop SKIRTS.—2. 2I 4. 2J.4. 2
:;-4, 3. 3 1-4. 3 1-2. 3 3-4 and 4 yards, round every length j
and siz.- Waist: in every respect FIRST TP AUTY. and
espei I dly adapted to meet the wants of FIRST C'L.vSs
and most fashionable TBADI.
• OL R OWN MASK." of Hoop Skirts, are lighter, more |
elastic, more durable, and REALLY CHEAPER than any
other make of either Single or DTulile Spring Skirt
;n the American Market, They arc WARRANTED in
every respect, and wherever introdm ed give univer
sal satisfaction. They are now being extensively sold ;
; by retail --rs. and every lady should try them
Ask for ' ilopkin's Ow n Make." and see that each
Skirl is Stamped "W. T. HoPKiN'S MAXI'R.ItTITe
Kit, 628 ARCH Street, PHILADELPHIA." ,VO others
nre. Genuine. A Catalogue containing Style. Size and !
Retail Prices, sent to any address. A Uniform and J
Liberal Discount allowed to Dealers. Orders by mail
or otherw ise, promptly and carefully filled. YVhole
sale and Retail, at Manufactory and Sales-rooms, No
628 Arch Street Philadelphia. Skirts made to order,
altered and repaired.
niar2o-10m WM. T. HOPKINS.
J. A. & W. R. McKEE
WE removed their Leather Store to Odd KEL-
I 1 lows' Hall, where they will constantly keep
C.I hand. Sole Leather. Harness. Skirting and Upper
Leather. Kips. American and French Calfskins. Mo
roccos. Linings and Bindings, and a general assort
ment of Shoe Findings, which they will sell cheap for
:ash. Highest market price paid in cash for uides.
Calf Skins and Shoep Skins.
wanted, for which the highest market price will be
•uid in Casit. ap4tf
Tailoring Establishment
Wo <&2!£l33?s>
MERCHANT TAILOR, has removed ins shop to the
buildihg formerly known as the -green bouse,"
at the intersection of Valley and Mill street, adjoining
H. M. & R. Pratt's store, where iie cordially invites all
who need anything in his line. Goods and Trim- i
tilings furnished and gentlemen's clothing made, in
the latest styles, on short notice, aud at "reasonable
prices. apll-tf
Why the Grain Business is Revived al Mc-
Coy's Old Stand.
'JMIK undersigned, having rented the
A '.ll :'•- '3 ci mmodious Warehouses formerly
<.<-<-ii[iieil by Frank Mi-Coy, esq., is now prepared to
purchase or receive and forward
for wliieli he will pay market priees. Also, he -ill 1
keep for sake. SALT. PLAS I EIL COAL and FISH.
He returns thanks to all his old customers for iheir
former patronage, and shall feel grateful forarenewal'
of pasi business relations.
Merchants YYIII find it to their adi-antagc logive him :
a cull. [marl4-y] WILLIAM WILMS.
Are superior to all others for
Contain all the latest improvements; are speedy .
aoi-elesK dura hie: and easy to worH-
Illustrated Circulars free. Agents wanted. Liberal :
J mount allowed No consignments made.
Address EMPIRE S. M. CO., 610 Broadway. New •
York. aepoOO-ly j
Manufacturing Confectioners,
jgy- Molasses Candy and Oucuanut Work j
■eptl2*66-l v.
20.000 MAJORITY!
To the Voters of Central Penna
I /LECTION IF over and it ha* beeu derided by about
j At.uOO majority that the Tol*acco and Cigars *old
at Frysin"or> Tobiueo and Sugar Store cannot he
*nrpM>**ed. either in Quality or Price.
Look at the Prices, so mo >f the goods, and com
pare with ail others, and you *ill he satisfied ihatyou
•'♦•t the wort h of your money at Frypinger'S.
Fry singer's S;iun Hull only SI.OO per pound.
FrV-'.nger's Navy - * " "
FrVsinger's Congress 44 u
Fryitiger*rt Flounder "
Oioooko I'wist •* * ..
And other Plug Tobacco at 40 and 50 cts. per ID.
Cut and Dry, 40 md 50 cts. Granulated lobaccosat
b*t .-ts.. 60 cU , 80 cU- SI.OO, $1.20. and SLSO per lb.
Fine-Cut chewing, ot $1.40 and sl.2u.
C igars at 1, 2, 3. 6 and 10 cts. each,
Pip*s in great variety; also Cigar Coses, Tobacco
g.ouches and Poxes, Match Sates, and all articles
u.-unlly kept in a first-class Tobacco and Cigar Store.
To Merchants, 1 offer the above goods at price* that
tviil enable them to retail ut tlie same prices that l
pojYndreu'.z.e fair profit. FKYSINGER.
d>On nn AGENTS WANTED—SIOO 00— Mala *nd
ibZU UU Ft-mole, to introduee our NEW PA 1 EN 1,
pa for fiimily use und Tailoring. It uiukos IY -liteh
alike ou both sides. Price only TWENTY DOLLARS.
Extra-ordinary inducements to Agents. For full par
iu uZs. address DUMoNT A WILSON,
juia-Gm* Arch bt., I hiia., 1 a.
Mams DJ "jus
€a ©SfWHs S*K f
\\ T !IA \ E re-enlisted for the season ol
V T 1807, and ure bound to be on the win
ning side in
O W 3? IR, I O £ S 1
bought for cash, and can offer extra induce
ments to all ol our old friends.
Loaded to the Muzzle with
Low Priced Goods!
PRINTS from 10 to 18 cente per jard,
BROWN MUSLINS from 12 to 20 cents.
BLEACHED MUSLINS from 10 to 25 cts.
BALMORALS from SI.OO to ?d.OO per piece. .
COTTON HOSE from 15 to 20 cents,
DE LAIXES frotr 20 to 25 per yard.
II oop S kir t s
at prices to suit the times.
FRENCH CORSETS from *1 to ?2.50,
besides a full line of
Queensware, Groceries, &c.>
Pratt's Old Corner !
tbe best place in the State to buy
Dry Goods
and Notions
of any kind,
For we Won't be Undersold
' icy
Lewistown, June 5, 18C7.
Wednesday, July 17, 1867.
k s -
Written iu frnnt ol Petersburg. V.. for Hie 207 th Fa.
Vol., Ap'l Ist. 1665. by Assist. Surgeon, Dr. A. E. Linn-
To arms! to arms! the call is hearU;
The patriot grasps his gttn or swonl
To meet the foe, on Dixie's grouuii,
Or elseYvhere, If a foe be found.
The English press may vent its spite—
Or France nmv try to pick a tight.
We'll soon dethrone tuo Cotton King,
When Yve cau meet what they ean bring.
Our peaceful homes we'd sacrifice.
To save o'lr ibreatonei nation's life;
While timid, loved ones, drop a tear,
Our patriotism knows uo fear.
Onr mountaineers are brave nnd strong—
And 011 through Dixie is their song;
Our brave commanders take the lead,
In command of General Meade.
In Hartranfi. too. we ean confide.
Who at Fort Steadman turned the tide,
And Col. Mathews at his post:
And Col. Cox -Two Seventh's' boast.
When in a charge ive do it right,
The Rebs being judges of the fight;
And when drawn up in battle-line.
The -Johnnies' don't admire the sigu.
'Advance!* the only word we know-
Through wizzing missiles on we go;
Our glorious Banner waving high,
While 'neatli its folds the traitors die.
Our glorious ensign! let it wave,
Till Rebs and Traitors find a grave;
The Union then a home shall tie,
For Patriots, noble, brave and free.
In God we trust, for our success,
Who cannot in Ins wisdom bless
Oppression, tyranny and wrong,
'i'lio' cheered by pulpit, press-and song.
This struggle ended, soon may we
All have, the happiness to see '
Pence, just and honorable, obluitied —
With 'erring sisters' all reclaimed.
When to our firesides we repair,
Our voice to join the evening prayer,
Children shall sing, in . fter years
Of the brave band of mountaineers.
[The following story is taken from
un English book of travels, published!
more than twenty years ago, and we
believe has never been in print in this!
country. The author of the book j
vouches for the truth of the main facts j
which it contains, while be gives it in j
the exaggerated and figurative stv-le ol i
the Eastern story teller. It reads like;
the Arabian Nights. —EDS. GAZETTE ]
Jsl. XJ 3EJ! ]EJ ,
The Six-Fingered Robber,
An Eastern Story.
Mo ha filed Boofrahee, like the rest oil
his neighbors, was a poor farmer pos
sessing two or three patches of land;
and a small vineyard. He was also a
sportsman and a good shot. Uis young
son Alee was never so happj- as when)
accompanying his father on a shooting j
excursion, and he was always the first ;
to see the game; for his father being i
now passed threescore, bis sight had
grown dim. An idle fellow was Alee j
in other respects; for though Mohamcd j
sent him every morning to the village;
school to be instructed byTalcb Moos !
tafa in the Koran, he was never able !
to repeat ten verses together of that!
11013- book : but in running, playing at
fool ball, wrestling, or tiring at a mark.)
no young man in the village could
compete with the six fingered.
Da3 - s and months roiled on, and Alee .
was idle, and would not work with his
father. Tlie grape season came, and)
it was found that tlie vineyards of Ben
deeban had been plundered; but ihe
robber could not be di.-covered : al
though a sharp look-out was kept eon ;
stantly from tlie tall aloe-stock watch
stands both night and da3 r , the thici
eluded all their vigilance.
Olio morning Mohamcd Boofrahee,j
Aloe's father, having gone into his own
vineyard, observed a quantity of tlie;
fruit to bo missing. Mohaiucd, who,!
,as I have already told you, was a!
•sportsman, and accustomed to track!
i his game, searched for tho footsteps of j
! the plunderer; but tlie ground was hard j
land dry—no traces could be found,!
i and he was giving up all search as use
less, when 011 one spot a well known
I footmark caught his C 3 0. 'lloly
Prophet!' exclaimed Mohamcd, as he
i counted the marks of tlie toes, one, j
two, three, four, five, six; ' have I not;
forbidden Alee to enter the vineyard "r j
! Ah ! it is 110 who has robbed the vine !
yard of my neighbors as well as hi>
! father's. This comes of idleness '
Mohamcd returned home sorrowful,!
| Alee was an only son, and he was proud ;
! of him.
'Alec,' said his father, as the}' sal
) alone that night, ' you have been in the
| vineyard.' Aloe did not answer. 'Alee,'
! repeated his father, 'you had 1113- or
i Jers never to enter that piacc. 1 have
now discovered who is the plunderer ol
1 Bendeeban's vines. But justice shall
bo done, and to-morrow I shall give
you over to the sheikh to receive duo
punishment. Your idledisposition hut-
Ling been a cause of distress to me
a good bastinado m-y help to cure 3 00.'
Mohamcd parted with Alee that night
!in anger. The rr.orning dawned; Mo
i hamed was doat'ingl3 r fond of his son ;
! lie had changed his mind, and thought
lit better to hush up tlie matter, but he
j resolved to give him some good advice
as to his future conduct, fcio he called
)out loudly for him, but Alee was not
;to be found. That daj- passed and the
inext; and weeks, and months, and
years elapsed, \-et still his son was mis
'Some six 3-ears after, there was a
great feast iu the city of Morocco, and
a countless throng of Arabs and Ber
■ bers flocked into the cit3 r .
'There were snake-charmers from
yhc desert, jugglers from Soos, aud
story-tellers in abundance; but what
most attracted attention was a tall
athletic black lront tlie Bokhary body
guard of the sultan, who had challeng
ed six men to cudgel play, all tiie six
at once; and was now brandishing a
long stall* against that number of an
tagonists, ail armed with the lilce
weapon and all active players. But
the black, by his superior vigor and
wonderful dexterity, evaded all their
onsets, dealing every now and then, as
a momentary occasion offered, a blow
that came like a flash of lightning on
each opponent.
Each n an, when he received a hit
from tlie swarthy athieto, retired from
the ring—tlie rule being sneli. The
black had already disposed of three,,
and by being constantly on the move,j
and going every now and then the.
spring of <in antelope, bo remained I iin
self untouched. The three unhit fen
cers were men of skill and power, and
now with united assaults they pressed
hard upon him, but be found victory;
in pretended flight; for thus separated,
the three became, each in his turn, easy .
victims to his uncqualcd prowess.
Flushed with success, the Bokhary'
conqueror bared his brawny arm, and
now shouted a challenge, that was
heard from one gate of tlie city to
the other, against all corners; daring:
any man to receive and give one blow
with the fist.
This same challenge had been re
pea ted ly made on former leasts, and
ew bad ever acci-pted it with impuni
ty; for a broken rib or son e oilier se
riotts injury always attended a blow
trom the champion, who was a perfect
tower of strength, and the chief of the
A bioad shouldered, athletic-looking
fellow, in the garb of a mountaineer,
stepped forward and accepted the dial
lenge, on condition that, ' it God gave
him the victory,' security should be as
s'.ired bin from the resentment of the
Bokhary's comrades.
That the challenge of the chief Blow
giver bad been accepted, reached the
ears of the sultan, who sent for the
mountaineer, ami asked him whether
it were true that he dared to engage
in combat the mighty Shasha, Gho
dealt in blows of death.
' -May God prolong the life of our
master!' said the mountaineer, throw
ing himself at the feet of the descend
;int of the Prophet: 4 Yes, my lord, 1
have accepted the challenge of the
chief of the Blow givers, on condition
that I he secured from the vengeance
of the Bokhary, should God grant me
' You arc a sturdy looking fellow,'
said the sultan : ' where do 3-ou come
from, and what is 3-0111- name?'
'Alee Boofralicc,' replied the man,
tor he it was; and throwing himself
prostrate, he told his tale, hut said
nothing about Bendeeban's vineyard.
He had cmploj'cd himself, it appear
ed, as courier and muleteer since his
flight from his father's house, and liad
led a roving life, having traveled
throughout the whole empire.
' Let him he lodged in the palace,"
said the sultan to his attendants: 'to
morrow tlie blows shall be given in our
The guards fell prostrate, theiij
heads touching the ground, crying out j
as they did so, 'May God prolong thej
life of our master!' Then they led off
Alee, who that night had his heart's j
content of kesksoo.
Alee slept soundly- after the sultan's)
supper, though he dreamt of blows.
'May God prolong tlie life of out .
Lord !' shouted by thousands of pros !
irate heads, greeted the Kleefa of thej
Prophet, the champion of God, thej
next day, as 110 rode under the impe
rial umbrella into tlie Meshwa, a very j
spacious court of the palace, where the
great trial was to take place.
The Meshwa herald now proclaimed j
that iShasha (ihe blow-giver) and the J
six*fingered Alee, each of tree will.]
were about to test their strength, and j
that a royal donation of fifty gold j
Imitzakcl would be tho reward of the!
| conqueror.
' May God bless our Lord?' shouted
Iby ten times ten thousand voices,',
j ill owned the cry of tho herald, —'the;
deafener,' as tlie people called him. j
jfrciu liis astounding voice. Both the
!champions woro already on the ap
pointed ground, when there arose the
j question which should receive tho first
1 blow.
'On this the sturdy Alee spoke:
' O mighty Shasha, slave of the Do
fender of the Faithful, tlie sultan of the
l world ! it is my duty to grant that ad
vantage even to the meanest servant
j of our Lord.'
The blow-giver replied :
' Your course of life is run ; it has
reached its goal! \V hero shall I deal
; tho fatal blow ?'
Alee pointed to the top of bis head.
The long and muscular arm of the
black was now raised and poised in the
air over the skull of Alee, who, with
kneess slightly bent, stood undaunted
before his antagonist, a broad grii
upon his features, as if certain of his
power of resisting all human strength
Down came the fist of the bl ick,
sounding like the sledge-hammer when
struck with force against an anvil.—
Aleo staggered, drops of sweat burst
;out upon bis forehead, his eyes rolled
with pun, and seemed starting from
their sockets; hut recovering, he shook
himself, and, rubbing his bullet shaped
head, and looking around, exclaimed :
' Allah ! that is what you call a blow !
And what a blow, too! Allah! But
now comes my turn, O Bokhary! and
if it please God, Shasha the blow giv
er shall never deal another '
Then, turning towards the sultan, he
craved to he allowed to place himself
on equal height with his tall opponent
This was granted; and lour soldiers
were ordered to fetch a marble block
that was at hand, hut the)' found it too
much for them. Aleo ran to the spot.,
and, having with their assistance put
it on his shoulders, brought it and
placed il in ftonl of the sultan.
Then having doffed his gelab, he;
took his position on the block, and, i
clenching his six fingered fist, and j
throwing his bod 3* slightly backwards, j
raised his arm, and seemed to choose a i
posture whereb}* he might secure the j
greatest power. Ho hesitated, and j
dropped his arm, us if to consider a lit- j
tie longer.
And now the black man trembled.!
and over his 80013- * aco fbero seemed
to come a horrid paleness, as Alee re j
sumcd, in a yet more decided manner'
his posture of attack.
Down—rapid as a thunderbolt —fell!
Alec's fist, and with it fell the black,
never to rise again. The Bokharj-'s
skull was frightfully fractured, and he;
who had so often dealt the blows ol;
death, was now but as one of those j
who had met a like fate from his own
relentless arm
' There is no power ror strength but
in God,' exclaimed the sultan, as the.
black expired at his feet. i Give the j
clown,' pointing to Alee, 'the fifty du
cats, and let him have safe conduct.— '
tihasha, in truth, is a great ioss to 1113-
househould ; but who can avoid God's
decrees, which arc written in the Book
of Fate?'
Aleo took the purse; and ere the sul
tan's mandate for him to be escorted
could he put in force, he had mingled
with the crowd, and was seen no more.
Some said that the brethren of the
black murdered him that night.
Not many weeks after this blow
giving many daring robberies were re
ported to have been committed 011 the
highway between Tangier and Tetuan,
and in the woods of Sahel near La
raiche, and in the great forest of Ma
mora. 2s o idea could ever be formed
as to the number of the gang, but it
was supposed to be numerous, tbr'well
armed caravans had shared the same
fate as single passengers; and what
was the most mysterious, tlie robbers
had never been seen, although some
suspected that tiie marks of cloven
feet in the wild districts where the
robberies were committed were those
ol the marauders.
Near to the most d llicult passes, and
from out the darkest anil densest thick
ets, would a deep sepulchral voice
thiealen the travellers; and the words
' Halt, or 3011 die!' would be heard as
uttered close at hand. Should no heed
be taken of this command, 01* should
an3 T attempt be made to discover the
speaker, a shot would la3 T low some
one of the part}'. iSearcli or pursuit
for these Hystericus highwaymen was
useless, and often proved the death ol
many a stout heart. The caravans
and other travellers, finding 110 re
source but to obe}- this call, eamo b3"
common consent into a practice ol
stopping when tlms summoned, and
according to the demand the}- deposi
ted on the ground food, clothes, money,
or an}'thing which 111 cy- were com
manded to place there by the unseen
one, who never failed to aecompan}-
his requisition with some dreadful
threat if an attempt were inudo todis.
cover him, or if the}-delayed making
tlie be>t of their way off alter the}- had j
paid the toll.
Schemes were planned, and ambushes |
laid for trapping these unknown out-j
laws, for uo one could suppose that the ;
public were the victims of a single;
robber; but the evil spirit, as tlie folk.-;
firml}' believed, thwarted all such at ;
tempts, for it seemed the peaceful trav- i
oilers' enomy had strange foreknowl
edge of every plot against him, and
the fool hard}- adventurers who at
tempted his capture seldom returned
to tell their tale.
It was at this time, when such re
ports were abroad, that there happen
ed to he travelling over the hill of Dar
el Clow, an aged Priest, on his return
from the village of E'Mzora, to his na
tive place near Tangier. As the old
priest reached the ' valo of murders,'
he goaded 011 his mule into a hurried
amble, being somewhat cheered at see
ing a party of muleteers about a mile
before him, who had already gained
tho summit of the hill, and whom he
now anxiously strove to join, for his
memory was full of what he had heard
when reposing the night before with
another traveller in the mosque hut of
' Stop, or I shoot,' grated on the old
man's ear us he was pondering on this
fearful story. He quickly reined in
his mule, and groaned out ' May God
have mercy 011 me !' ' Your prayer is
heard, O Moostafa the learned,' said
the same hollow voice; 'leave your
beast and come hither.' The Priest dis
mounted, his teeth chattering as ho
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tottered towards tbe mysterious speak
er, who now, iu the sing-song tone
used by the Mohamedans while reci
ting the Koran, began to repeat tho
hatha , or first chapter of tbe holy
'Praise be to God, tbe Lord of all
creatures, the most merciful, the King
jof the day of judgment; thee do we
worship, and of thee do we implore as
sistance; direct us in the—'
'I never could get further,' 6nid tho
unseen speaker, 'and I remember tho
; lime, venerable father, when your
long stick, that now, I see, serves as
iyour support, would have been rapped
j sharply over my six Jiivjers.'
' \Vhat! is it Alee the six lingered ?'
exclaimed tbe Priest. O Alee ! Alee !
thou wouldst not have come to this, if
God had willed you should remember
his hoiy words. But where art thou,
my son, or is it thy spirit that speak
eth ? for I heard the Bokhary killed
thee in the month of Doolhedja last.'
Alee, who had been well concealed
in the hollow trunk of a large and an
cient cork treo, startled the old school
master by his sudden appearance, and,
taking hold of the hem ot his garment,
kissed it reverently.
' O my son,' said the Priest, ' I griev
ously fear thy sins will bo on my head !
Return with mo to Bendeesham and
your friends! Still there is hope, for
lias not tho Prophet written —If ye
turn aside from the grievous sins which
ye are forbidden to commit, we will
cleanse you from yonr faults, and will
introduce you into Paradise with an
honorable entry ?'
Alee, starting from his knees, ex
claimed, 'Does the lion, to whom God
has given strength above all beasts,
docs ho content himself with sheep
while the herd of oxen are within his
[grasp? Why, then, should I live in
[ misery and slavery, since the lluler of
nature has given me the strength and
activity of a lion? Whence,' he con
tinued, in an indignant tone which
made the old man tremble, ' whence do
sultans and their soldiery—those hu
' man falcons—derivetheir rightof prey
ing on the weak ? Thinkest thou that
I and thousands of bearded men kissed
[the dust, the other day, in the Meshwa,
j before him who claims tho title of
Prince of Believers, from good will and
I affection?—No! nor is it from such
motive that you and your brethren pay
iinto his coffers your scanty gains!—
What cause have I for abandoning my
mode of subsisting in this world, or for
i fearing punishment in the next, whilst
| the defender of your faith breaks tho
Prophet's law by rapine and extortion,
and yet lives at ease in his conscience,
; so long as he has power to do wrong
with impunity ? I am not more of a
freebooter than he is; only 1 practice
jon a much smaller scale. My edict is
| —Stand, or 1 fire! My prime minister
! is my good gun and an unerring aim.
Ilark ! I hear the distant tread of ca
mels; come, old man, this night thou
slialt be the guest of the Spirit of tho
Woods;' and ho laughed wildly.—
i' Mount your mule, and I will lead tho
| way.'
The old man, fearing to refuse, fol
lowed the outlaw. They scrambled
their way through thickest copses,
: trespassing on the lair of tho
lynx, the jackal* and the boar, who,
roused, retreated grumbling, after their
fashion, at such strange intrusion.
The Taleb thought that the way they
: went looked like one where human
, feet had never trod before, and so it
was most probably, for Alee had avoid
ed detection by never travelling twice
over the same path.
The old schoolmaster began to feel
himself very uneasy as, muttering the
word Allah! Allah! a hundred times,
I do followed his extraordinary conduc
, tor, grievously fearing that but little
j good would come to himself or his
: mule. At length they reached a jun
|gle of briers, apparently impassable;
! and Taleb Moostala said, with a tremb
ling voice, 'lt seems to me, my son,
| that you have missed the track.'
Alec made no answer, but having
first bent down, as if to examine tho
iground, uttered a sound like the bleat-
ing of a kid, which was soon answered
by a shrill whistle, that made tho old
man's heart sink within him, and put
a bridle on his tongue.
' All is right,' said Alee, going to a
I spot where the jungle seemed thickest;
then listening a, wlulo, he threw back
a wicket of tho living brier, made in
' such a manner as not to be detected
even by a hunter's observing eye. This
the}' passed through, and then the bri-
I ers wero cautiously replaced. Wind
ing along a narrow path cut through
; the thicket, they came upon an open
space, through which ran a clear
'stream. On its bank the outlaw had
formed a hut, but so thatched as to bo
with difficult}' distinguished from tho
I surrounding thicket foliage.
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