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THE INDIAN ADVOCATE 505
"We have orders to arrest him and conduct him to the
Governor, who has decided that he is to die. Can you tell
us where he is to be found?"
"Certainly," responded the man, "But it is late; come
with me and accept my hospitality for the present."
The soldiers willingly availed themselves of this offer and
repaired to his home. Their host, according to Oriental
custom, gave them a most cordial welcome. He brought
water to bathe their feet, and provided them with an a
bundant, though frugal, repast. From time to time num
bers of poor people presented themselves at the door, and
the master of the house gave them, with sweet benevolence,
a portion of the repast. So simple was his generosity that
it seemed as if he were the father of all the poor who clai
med his hospitality. His conversation, always refined and
elevated, yet somewhat reminiscent of military life, had
for these Roman soldiers a charm for which they could not
"How unfortunate," said they, "that to-morrow we are
obliged to quit your hospitable roof in order to arrest that
miserable agitator! Do you think he will escape us?"
"Have no fear," replied the host. "I myself will deli
ver him into your hands. Remain here as long as it pleases
The soldiers remained three days. They seemed unwil
v ling to quit so hospitable a roof and such an entertaining
companion. But the Governor would not excuse any fur-
ij ther delay. On the third day, at the close of their repast,
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tue leauer aaiu. xo-uay x must asn. yuu iu cuuuuci uo lu
Longinus, whom we came to arrest."
"I am he," replied the old man with a smile, "and I am
S quite ready to follow you."
The soldiers were speechless with astonishment, while
Longinus continued: "But you will allow me to repair for
a few minutes to a neighboring apartment?"
A little later he reappeared robed in most beautiful white
festal garments, according to the custom of the Orient.
"Death," said he, "will reunite me with JVsus Christ.
It will be my nuptial day, my feast of feasts."