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Oolverley had lived so long In East
trn climes that he was continually being
mistaken for a Turk. I told him so one
evening as I sat smoking in tin rooms
"That so? I woa At the selamllk yes
terday," Calverley said presently; '"and
the sultan came along with a wild glare
In his eye. They say he's going mad.
You should 'have seen how he wobb'ed
about all over that grey Arab of his—the
old one who always dances to the muse,
you. know." " ' " ' .
"You have Just the same look In your
eyes," I said, refilling my pipe. "Hope
to goodness you won't go mad, Oalver
ley, before you get that mining conces
sion we're after. You're suspiciously liko
tli© 6ultan aireudy— the same cut,
though your beard's a little too long, and
you're In a trifle better condition."
Calverley walked to the glass and
made a rapid snip at each side of his
beard with a pair of scissors. Then he
•tuck on ■ a fez, flung himself upon a
divan, crossed his legs, and waved his
hand to me in a manner that Implied
I was an infidel dog to whom audience
must be granted. . •
I was startled. "Turn up the collar of
your dress coat, and p'n It ovtr, and no
one could possibly tell you from the sul
tan himself!" I cr:ed. "Do you think he
has ever noticed it? You had an audience
•with him about that concession. Was
he polKe yesterday?"
Calverley uncurled his legs. "I'm con
vinced that the sultan's as mad as a
hatter, and that 'his mln'sters know it!"
he said excitedly. "You remembf-r old
Klslar Agha, the chief of the Eunuchs?"
"Well, old Kis'.ar is very chummy with
me because I did him a good turn once.
Yesterday he kept looking from tl".»
BuKun to me and from me to the sultan
In absolute bewilderment, as If he didn't
know t'other from which. He always
swears how much he intes me, but that
doesn't prevent his asking me for tco
much backsheesh over this concession for
copper mines In Asia Minor, and so tie's
blocking the way. I could have talked
the sultan over, had he been sane enough
to understand what I was saying. Now,
I must have that conce&s'on. If I get
It I make a hundred thousand pounds di
rectly the flrmaum Is in my possession.
Old Kislar's too wily, however. He get
me in a corner today and said that he
wanted to see me this evening. When
lie comts, you get behind the curtain and
hear all that passes. There's m'schki
afoot somewhere—someth shady is
going on, but, for the life of me, I can't
put my finger on it. I can hear him
coming down the street now."
Calverley flung open the winrlow and
we both looked out. An Abyssinian
slave-ran in front with a torch. Behind
him was a muffled-up man. although the
evening was warm,' mounted on a su
perb bay Arab. Behind the Arab was a
6edan chair, and behind the sedan char
ran two more attendants, armed to the
teeth. The bay , Arab stepped dalntl'.y
over a dog lying In the middle of the
road, and began to slip about on the
rough co>i>ble stones. ~-"•
"Get your heaid In quick," sail Cal
verley. "Don't you »cc he's looking r.,und
to find out whether he'.s being follow
We »hut the window noiselessly enough,
and I dived beh the cur a ns jus-t- as
a ring at the door announced that the
Kislar Agha had reached his dest'nafon.
In accordance with Oriental etiquette,
Calverley wr-nt down to meet him, put
his hand under the Agha's armpit, and
laboriously hoisted him—he was a heavy
.man— up the stars. Fortunately tfce
embrasure in whicth I was hidden wts
draped Just like the other hang'.nga
which coverci the walls, and no recess
was visible. Tho A.g'Via dropped a short
sentence to his servants, who f're>w a
co'jple 'of suggestively Sharp yataghans,
and stationed themselves ' outside Ihe
door, ' Now," ho paid, Losing Calverley
full in the face, "no ons can overhear
us?' 1 • •
"Except the One who hears all," sad
Calverlry gravely, as the Agha seated
himself on a divan and waited for h's
slaves to hrin? in coffee and nararh.lahs.
The Agha wa.i a wi'.y man, an i m vor
truste.l other people's coffee—wh'ch was
wise-; for n cup or coffee can often ba
turned, to dangerous uses in the East. .
For tome time, both _ men sm >k< d
In passively and drank the fragrant cof
fee hasde.l t» them In little filigree cups.
When they hal finished bhelr coffee the
Ag'.ia mafle a sign that the jeweled cups j
Wf-re Calverley's, and rrfpared to talk I
bueiness. Calverley put the cups away
In a cupboard (they were worth a-t least
a hundred pounds) without betraying any
surprise at the costliness of such a pres
ent. He knew well enough that the
Ag-hn, as a rule, found it more blessed
to receive than to give.
The Agha looked at Calve-rley search-
Ingly, and ma3e a s'gn to a man just in-
Eide the doorway. "He is a mute," ho
sakl to Calver'.ey; "that is why I bought
The mute handed the Agha a straight
cut black coat, with a stand-up collar.
"I have brought you a Turkish coat," I
raid the Agha. handing it to him.
Calverley began to see.what was com-' ■
ing, and his face lit up with satisfaction. :
"Jnsfhallab, it la a beautiful coat, but a I
trifle tight in the armp'ts," he said, as he
tr!«d it on. "Now, Agha, what do you
"Insrhnllah, it is a beautiful coat." said
the Agha slowly. "My lord and master, |
the sultan of all Islam, wore it himself
et yesterday's selalik." '
•''S—sh!" said the Agha slowly. "I
havo a little plan, E;Yendi. A little plan."
"Ah," said Calverley, reseating himself
on the divan. "Yes, I thought that you
Wonl'l have a little plan."
"It is for you to wear this coat an<s sit
on tha throne of the sultan for twenty,
four hours," said the Agha.
"And what becomes of the sultan in the
The Agha impressively put his hand on
Cnlverley's arm, and drew him to the
window. "See!" he said imperturbably,^
"it is full moon tonight." - _-:;;;v i-j
Calverley looked at the silver moon
It Bailed over the housetops, and. was
mournfully greeted by a fanatical muez-
Eln from the minaret 1 of the neighboring
xnosque. "So!" he said. "I understand
now. Is he always mad at the full
"He has to receive the great English
ICltchl (the English ambassador) in full
audience tomorrow. The Eltchi declines
to be put off any longer."
"I see. I am to receive the ambassador
'Evet.(yes), EfTendl; you must recelvw
the groat Eltcht."
"And how am I to come safely out of
The chief of the Eunuchs laid his hand
on "his breast. "I swear it," he said
solemnly. ;^.; .■
"Anything for a little fun. I'm growing
father tired of this place," Calverley
yawned. "It's risky, but I'll do it.''
"Not a hair of your head shall be
larmed." said the chief of the Eunuchs,
looking Calverley straight in the eyes.
*I am all alone. We have been brothers."'
"Very well, I'll do the best I can for
I'ou. Now, to be perfactly straight -with
J-ou, I may say that my friend is conceal
•d in that corner, and has haard all that
"1 knew that he wa-s there." If you had
Twit put him thero I should have known
IbaJt yoi.; declined to help me. I would
not have said anything."
"I wonder." asked Calverley, full cf
admiration, "if I Hhall ever got ahead of
you in any way? When I remember all of
the ir.f'7i<>y you've got out of me over this
concession business I have my ' doubts.
Do you. think, honestly now, that I ever
shall pat ahead of you?"
"I think not."-said the Agha, patting
fcls arm. "My life depends on the success
of this little scheme. My imperial master
By 0. B. Burgin.
would flay me alive If he ever realized
what I am doing. He is drugged. When
he comes to his senses, he will know
nothing of what has happened. Hia phy
sician tells me that If he gets over this
attack he will soon be well again. You
see what I have at stake."
"I ought to make some terms about that
"The concession! Ah! yes, we shall see
about that later," said the Agha hastily,
his business instincts reasserting them
"I'm too much of a sportsman," said
Calverley, "to take advantage of the sit.
uation, or I'd nail you down to something
definite. However, we shall see what -ye
"If Allah wills, you will get the con
cession," sententiously remarked the
'And If he doesn't will?"
"Someone else will get it."
■•Well, we'll see about that. I tell you
frankly that I mean to have It some
Ait a sign from the Agha, the mute
brought a woman's dress »f light silk,
and put it on Calverley. A yashmak of
muslin concealed the lower part of his
face. His dark brown eyes were bigger
than ever In this becoming frame.
"The guards will think that I am tak
ing you to the harem" sad the Aghn.
"There was a g;rl brought ,ny eat ere ay.
She was—" He checked h:mseif hastily.
"Once you are in YJd z Kiosk, you can
put the drfss aside and prepare to be
king of Yildiz for twenty-four hours. I
shall leave you in a certain small room
which has a doer communicating with a
passage leading: to tba harem. Ti.e
harem is guarded by another mute, wiso
has orders not to admit even the su.t n
"Of course, of coursr," said Calver cy
hastily. "You needn't have taken such
precautions as all that. You forgot I
am an Englishman."
The Agha salaamed magn;rtcently. "A
mere matter of form. Your ro. m will
"Ah! here is the stagnant pool that Is the breeding place o« the mosquitoes
wnich infest our church and parsonage. I shall exterminate them, one and all, by
application of t'ne new kerosene oil idea."
Thou fool, cast not fnat lighted match upon the waters lest it return to you
"Remember the spouse of Lot and look not backward!"
be midway between the harem and the
guard room, in wh'eh are four Albanians
armed to the teeth. After the audience
with the ambassador, I will come at du&k
and, clad in this costume, you can return
here. When the sulla'n wakes, he will
be in his own room, and not know that
he has slept for two days. You speak
Turkish so well that you are perfectly
safe. The sultan's voice Is low and
weak, remember. Are you ready?"
"I am ready," ea'd Calverley. "i'ou
can show up now, Winton, and.tell the
A#hii how good-natured I am to put my
fingers into the f.re to pull out his
I came out, feeling somewhat confused
at the ironical light in the Agha's eye.
"You have taken to Turkish methids
very readily, Winton Effend!," he said,
as he rose to depart.
"And look here, Winton," said Ca'ver
ley, preparing to foUow the Agha. "If I
don't come 'back, you can have the cof
''Jn any case, it will be healthier to get
away from Constantinople as sson as pos
sible," I suggested. "The Mesragerles
steamer leaves on Sunday. I will bO'.-k
The Agha looked pleased, and went
away taking Calverley wth him.
I hastily wrote out an oocount of what
was going on, sealed the Utter, and ad
dressed it to the English ambassador,
marking it, "To be opened if not cla'mrd
by Mr. Winton by 12 o'clock the day after
tomorrow." Then I put a revolver in
my breast pocket, strolled out past the
British embassy, and dropped the note
in the letter box. If the Agha meant to
play Calv&rley false, the whole thing
must come to light. The Agha had se
cured most of Calverley's money without
making any adequate return; he should
not have my friend's life also and es
cape punishment if I could help It.
The sultan's bedroom was simplicity
itself. The furniture consisted of a few
scrolls on the wall—illuminated texts
from the Koran—a divan in a corner, a
bed on the floor in another corner, a
narghlleh on the floor, and a small inla'.d
table of mother-of-pearl and walnut in
the center. The room was softly carpet
ed, and had its'one small window screen
ed by a lattice. At the end of this
room, and opposite the entrance was an
other door. Calverley lifted the curt&n
which hung before It. At the end of a
long, low passage lay a man asleep on a
mat before a third door.
"That is the entrance to the harem,"
said the Kislar Aghai significantly. "No
man save the sultan can enter there and
come out alive."
"Oh, very well!" said Calverly huffily.
"I only wanted to see where I was."
"That mute is the strongest man in
Turkey," said the Agha apprehensively.
"He is renowned for his skill with the
Calverly took off his feminine costume.
"He doesn't frighten me. Now, I'll see
the ambassador tomorrow, and you'll
come to fetch me away in the ovening?"
"In the meantime, I warn you that It I
THE ST. PAUL GLOBE, SUNDAY, JULY 21. 1901.
can make mire about that concession 1
shall do so."
"You English are a great race!" said
the Agha admiringly. "Even when your
necks are in danger, you still think of
"Never mind. I want that mining con
cession in Asia Minor, and I mean to
have It. At the present price of copper,
it's a fortune. Good night. Give or.
ders that I am not to be disturbed until
The Agha backed out of the royal pres
ence in his customary submissive man
ner, so that the guards might not realise
that anything unusual had happened.
Then he breathed a sigh of relief and
went to his own rooms. If anyone could
carry out this imposture successfully,
Calverley was the man. And he had pass
ed his word to do it. In spite of the enor
mous issue at stake, the Agha slumbered
peacefully that night, after first carefully
inspecting a small room in which the
Ruler of the Faithful slept a heavy
and unnatural sleep.
Left to himself, Calverley turned the
key in the door next to the g-uard room.
"I don't want cne of those villains to
come in and cut my threat," he mur
murtd. "I may as well fasten this other
door. That fellow on the mat is stuck
all over with weapons. Well, I'm "
He pause:!, with a low whistle, for the
mute was a.so snoring. The K'slar Agha
has trusted Calverley, and had drugged '
the mute. Even as Ca-lverley gazed, a
curtain was pulkd back, a woman step- j
ped softly over the mute, and came along i
the passage. She carried a dagger in
one hand and a cloak in the other.
"P:ea3ant!" raid Calverley. "Seems as
if I were to have a rough time of it,
after all. What have I done to this lady
that she should want to stick that ex
ceedingly sharp dagger into me?"
He hastily dropped the curtain and
stood to one side. As he anticipated, j
the next moment the curtain was drawn j
back, the woman stepped into the room, j
Calvirlty seized the hand holding the i
dagger, and the weapon dropped on the j
carpet. The girl struggled desperately
until her strength gave way.
"Stop it," said Calverley. "I don't want
to hurt you." He forgot that the girl
was probably a Circassian!.
To his surprise, the stranger gave a
softly muffled shriek. "Sakes!" she crkd.
THE REV. 0. SHAW FIDDLE, D. D.
"Who'd have thought you knew Ameri
can! Who are you, anyway?"
"I'm the sultan," said Calverley cheer
fully. "Come over to the lattice, and
then the guards won't hear you."
The girl looked at him distrustfully.,
"I'm Amanda B. Pratt, I am, and don't
you forget it," she said severely. "What
do you mean by not going- to sleep when
I want to get away from this den of -
wickedness. I'll report you to our consul
when I get out of this. You'll soon
hear what our Massachusetts papers,
think of you, you bet."
"But how did you get here" asked
Calverley, quite forgetting that he was
supposed to know all about it.
"How can I tell? What's the use of
asking foolish Questions like that, sul
tan?" said Miss Pratt recovering from
her fright. "I left Aunt Samantha; at
the hotel and went for a walk in the
pipe market, and some of your black
villains threw a cloth over my head and
brought me here. They took away my
own clothes too," she added, indignantly
surveying herself. "Nice fitting things
these are after getting one's dresses In
Paris!" She hastily drew the cloak round
her and blushed.
Calverley laughed. "To tell you the
truth, Miss Pratt, I'm sultan for twenty
fcur hours only. Now, my life is in
"Guess you're a pretty good Imitation
of the original article I saw at the
selamltk yesterday," said Miss Pratt,
looking at him searehingly. "If I go a>bout
again by myself buying pipes for Uncle
Hiram, may I never see Massachusetts
"Well, I'm.very much afraid you won't
see Massachusetts unless I help you to
escape," suggested Calverley. "Once the
real sultan sees you, you're too be
witchingly pretty for him ever to let you
"You're the first Britisher who's ever
■told me that," said Miss Pratt, with a
lonely smile. "You say it a good deal
prettier than the other men who've told
me nice things about myself."
"And I mean it," eaid Calverley, with
an earnestness whloh surprised him
self, for hitherto he had not been much
given to flirting. The girl was delight
fully pretty, with soft dark-brown eyes,
a lovely rose-and^white complexion, and
slight, willowy figure. The Turkish
dress in which she was clothed, gave a
strange piquancy to her beauty. There
was an air of innocent pertness about
her which went straight to Calverley's
heart. And yet he could see that belrnd
the prettiness were nerves of Iron. Truly,
it America produced many young worn,
en like Miss Amanda B. Pratt, it was a
dangerous country for bachelors to visit.
"When you've quite done staring at
me," said Miss Pratt, "perhaps you'll tell
■me how to keep these s'.lppf rs on. Thero
are no heels to the silly things, and tho
rest of the costume seems slipping about
to match. I—." She made a hasty clutch
at some invisible garment, and asked
him if he had any pins.
"I *>•* your pardon," eald Calverley
hastily. "I wasn't aware of my rudeness.
Now, listen to me."
Miss Pratt composedly eat down on the
divan. "If that arsenal on the doormat
wakes up I guess I'm a gone coon," she
"Oh no, you're not. I'm k'ng of Yild z
for the next twenty-four hours. You
want to escape?"
"I reckon Aunt Samantha's real mad
with me by this time. She always said
I'd be the death of her."
"I'm going to get you out of this some
how. Will you do as I te;i you?"
"That depends," said Miss Fratt sauc!
ly. "You've a sort of. see-the-conquering
hero-comes-stand-and-deliver kind of way
about you which I don't reckon to ad
mire. I'm an American girl, I am. We
don't allow young men to talk to us like
that in Massachusetts."
Calverley became serious. "My dear
girl—Miss Pratt—this is no laughing- mat
ter. I'll bs as polite as you please when
I meet you in Massachusetts."
"Well, then, we'll just imagine we're
there already, sultan, and you can mo:!- j
crate your manners -accordingly. One I
would think you're president vt the ]
United States, as well as sultan!"
"Now, do listen to me a moment. Mrs
Pratt. I'm net going to leave you ;n |
this confounded harem for— for—"
"Aunts sake?" demurely repl'ed Mss ;
Pratt, who was a coquette to'"the back- j
bone. The Englishman gave her ronil- !
dence and what had threats ned to b- j
come a very scr'ous business now seem- j
ed only child's play. His next words, [
however, undeceived her.
"Now to be serious," said Calve-rlev.
"This is a matter of life and death—bow
string for me, Bosphorus for you—in a—
in a sack."
"My!" Miss Pratt shlverc-d. "I stem to |
be in a sack now." She looked at her i
clothes with profound disgust. "Wish I |
wa.s hack again in Massachusetts; and all
this fuss is because Uncle Hiram warned !
a real Turkish pip«! You men are always
leading poor women into difficulties."
"I'll get your Uncle Hiram a barr-1 of
pipes if we ever escape from here. Now.
Miss Pratt, you must be in earnest. I
ieave here tomorrow night, and with \
"It's usual in Massachusetts, first to ask
a lady whether shell come," murmured
"This oil poured upon the water 3 where they do congregate, carries destruction
to the parents, their offspring—yea, even unto untold generations. AlTare put to
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Woe Is us! Flee! brother, flee!!"
S|p| ftp* ~^\^
"Brethren, I wish to announce that tue damage to the church from last even
ing's conflagration was but slight. My text this morning will be found in Eo
clesiastes, chapter two, fifteenth verse—"Then said I in my heart, as it happeneth
to tne fool, so>it happeneth even to me.' "
Miss Pratt, lifting her dangerous eye
Calvertey took; her pretty little strong
hand in his. "You will.obey me.' ha said
sternly. "If wo ever do escape, you may
then command me. I'll be your slave. Kor
the present, you'll do as I tell you."
"My! But your real masterful," said
MiSs Pratt. "Wait till I get you in Massa
chusetts, then it, will be my turn."
"We're not there yet. You must jto
back, t-o, pie haxe^n."
"I'd rather not see any more of those—
those girls," Miss Pratt suggested.
"They're poking fun at me- all the time,
and calling me a Frank. They might
have made it a lira at least."
Calverley seized Miss Pratt by her
pretty shoulders and shook her.
Miss Pratt shrieked softly. "Don't do
that. I don't know how to manage all
these strings and things."
"Behave yourself, then. Return to the
harem,, and come back here at the same
hour tomorrow night. Give me that yash
mak and cloak, and get fresh ones for
yourself tomorrow night. I'll be aa hum
ble as you like the day after tomorrow.
Now, you hold your life and mine in your
pretty little fingers. I like it; but" you
have to do aa I tell you, or Uncle Hiram
will never see that pipei."
Miss Pratt lifted her beautiful eyes.
"You're real masterful. Just the sort of
man I Ilk©. Guess I'll do what you
"And you're just the kind of a girl I
like," said Calverley; "only, you've got
to understand that when I give an order
I expect to be obeyed."
To her own great surprise, that outrag
eous flirt, Miss Pratt, meekly asquiescad.
"Guess you're a real man. The rest aro
only dummies," she said, wdth transat
lantic frankness. "If we ever do get out
of this place, I'll consider that pipe busl,
ness, young man."
She held up her pretty lips to him with
the air of an Innocent child, and Calver
ley kissed her with a reverent tender
ness which surprised himself.
"That's for fear anything goes wrong
with our scheme," said Miss Pratt, with
another intensely ' becoming blush. "I
thought you'd better have your reward
before hand, In case "
"Oh, In case you couldn't claim It after
wards. Now, I guess I'll meander back
to those painted Jezebels in the next
rcom. I don't like that bow string
man on the mat there. What he wants
in tongue he makes up In bowstring."
She gave Calverjey the yashmak and
cloak, and glided noiselessly away.
The Hall of Audit nee was very sim
ply and somowhttt shabbily furnished,
with a big arm chair on a dais at one
end of the room, the end opposite the
do<-;r. Calverley sat in the arm cfaatr.
Behind him stood the Interpreter and
Klslar Agha. A lutla toelow the daia
was another arm ohalr, Behind thla arm
chair -were three ordinary chairs with
When the English ambassador entered,
Calverley half rose from hia chair and
bowed slightly. The ambassador made
a diplomatic bow in return and leisure
ly sank into the arm chair. 'Ihen cof
fee was brought in, and Calverley, tne
ambassador, the first secretary, the em
bassy interpreter, and an attache all toy
ed with the fliigTee cups and sipped It
slowly. When the coffee had been taken
away, the ambassador. In the same leis
urely manner, unfolded the object of hs
visit, and Calverley, prompted by the
Kislar Agha, made su.'tab'.e replies. The
ambassador was somewhat surprised at
the cord'al manner in which his proposals
were met. Even his diplomatic tralnng
could not wholly conceal his satisfact on
as he rose to depart.
Calverley motioned to the Kislar Agha
and attendants to withdraw out of hear
ing. The Agha went SDmewhat unwilling
ly. Calverley was perfectly aware that
the sultan spoke excellent French, and
addressed the English ambassador in that
tongue. "Now that diplomacy has had
its course, your excellency," he said
gravely, "there is a small matter to
which I would call your attention."
The ambassador bowed, and wondered
what was coming.
"There is a fellow-countryman of youre
now in Stamboul who has been endeav
oring to obtain from my ministers a con
cession for the working of certain cop
per mines in Asia Minor. I am firmly
convinced that the opening of these mines
would be a great boon to the country.
You follow me, excellency?"
The ambassador bowed.
"ITe:e is the flrmaum for the conces
sion. T will ask your excellency not to
mention the matter to your government
for the space of a month. In order that
I may have time to prepare my minis
ters for this change in my policy. You
will readily understand that between
my v/ish to oblige England and not to
hurry the downfall of the present min
istry", the position is slightly difficult. I
grant this concession, however, as an
earnest of my desire to convince the
British government that I have been
'Your majesty overwhelms me with
such gracious condescension," said the
nmbns-sartor, taking the flrmaum and put
ting it in his pocket. "You may rely
on your wishes being respected in their
entirety In the meantime, the firmaum
shall be deposited in the embassy archives
fnr safe keeping until the time has
elm-sod for it to be delivered to Mr.
Calverley beckoned to the Kislar Agha
to approach. "Perhaps your excellency
•will acquaint this trusted servant of
nine with tine terms of the concession.
He will bear, witness to my wishes, should
any question arise afterwards. I found
vthtt firmaum among my papers, already
signed by the ministry, and have affixed
my official seal to it this morning, so that
you will perceive it is perfectly in order.
Your people will consider me an en
lightened ruler after this instance of my
liberality, I am sure."
• The ambassador bowed to the ground,
while the Kislar Agha writhed lmpo
tently, for Calverley nad "done him on the
-post" with' regard to the concession.
As a matter of diplomatic etiquette It
was necessary that Kislar Agha should
escort the ambassador back to Tiherapja.
It was evening before he returned, for the
ambassador had insisted that Agha
should "dine with him, in order that he
■might taste a new variety of English
sherbert called "Veuve Clicquot." Hence
It was that Kislar Agha found the stair
cases at Ylldiz somewhat confusing as he
made his way to the Sultan's room, and
prepared to get rid of the only man who
had ever outwitted him. When he reach
ed the ante-room, however, his way was
barred by the Albanian guards,.. who
declined to admit him until midnight.
• Thf Kislar Agha went away. When
his imperial master recovered he would
present to him the pretty girl Kidnaped
in the Pipe Market, and thus distract his
attention from affairs of state This
foreign . girl would be less dangerous to
his interests than some Intriguing Cir
cassian. He smiled, rubbed his hands,
and decided to forgive Calverley. .
The Kislar Agha came back to the sul*
tan's -room at midnight, and found the
light In it dimmer than usual. Calver
ley sat In the middle of the room, smok
ing a cigarette with imperturbable gTav.
ity. One hand was In the breast pocket
of his coat, and he did not even smile as
he rose to his feet and motioned to the
Agha to shut the door. "We will start
in ten minutes," • he said. "I am re
joiced to have be*n of service to you;
but i of course • I had to be paid for my
services." - .-.■-..>•■
"I've • been thinking It . over," said the
Agha. "At first I wanted to have you
bastinadoed, but, on the whole, the price
to not too. nigh."
'• - Calverley continued to smoke. "It must
be a little higher, though. I want that
American girl thrown In." he said quietly.
, The Kislar Agha's suspicions were at
once aroused. He sprang to his feet
with a cry <of rage. The cold muaile of
a revolver brought him to his senses.
"You will ruin me," he said feebly, and
Bank down on the floor with a groan,
oalllng piteously on hi» prophet to save
him from the encroachments of thi« gia
our guipek - (infidel dog). "How can 1
pass the mute and g^t her away? 1' he
urged. ~ "You had no business to know
anything about ihor It was quite an ac
cident that «he was kidnapped." -
,-" "Now, ray dear - fellow, do be reauona- -
Sle," s*ld Calverley perauaaJvely.,-ilWha.t
oca ono girl moro or ■ less matter In a
country Ilk* Turkey? Sh* aotm matter to
mo. Ive fallen in iove with her, and nu»
going to marry h«r. Now. &a I dc-nt pro
pose to fall in love xnoro than' ono»- In
my 'life, you can easily ac« how lnoon
venlent It will be if your absurd prejn-.
dices' stand In the way of nvv happlnesv
Besides, you'll . fret -.yourself Into an : aw
ful m^sm kMnapine American oltlser* in
this way. There'4t be a frightful row in
a day or two, if she 'sn't restored to her
friends. Why, I'd rather give up the oon
ceaslon ? than-lose th»t girl."
Tha Agha again Brp»ne4'feebly, "It
I isn't that." he eald. ''It Isn't that. A*
ifcin in i ii i'imi 'Tirm ii tf i wiir iiHf^rfti ml" in lit ii ,-_-.' ■... :.,- J --*-
-\n U w" a?'-' at te a *rl more or lesaT
Allah be thanked, there are plenty at
them But she's in the narem, and lam
afraid of that mute. I can't get htr out."
i ' Oh. no, you're mistaken. She Is hot In I
I the harem.," said ' Calverley. with the :
: greatest eangfroia. . 'She is in that cor- i
ner. Miss Pratt, will you kindly come !
here?" - , - .■ -
; Miss Pratt came forward. "You lovely j
old man!" she said vlvaclousl>. "Aren't !
you ashamed to treat me in this way. an<l '
I shut me up with all those nasty people ;
; in there! What have you got to say for '
; yourself! Just wait until Aunt Samantha :
! gets hold of you! '
j "Oh, these English are all mad,' said I
, the bewildered Agha to himself. "MaUl
.Mad! Allah is with them. She will pull i
: my beard if I.am not ca efu'." " I
"You recognize the situation?" asked !
. Caveiley. 'What w- propose to do. mv i
■ dear Agha, is this: Miss Pratt has a dap- i
I ger and -I have a revolver. You will :
j '.walk between us. anri if you attempt to i
i give the alarm. Miss P,att will prod yo:i i
| with a dagger and 1 sha.l blow out your !
. brans with the revolver. "We're really t
■ pa neJ to s?tm to bo rude, b.it the ma-tt-'r
' rests entirely in you- hands. We shouM
I both of us feel sj sorry if anything un
i pleasant happened to you."
j The Agha salaarr.e submissively. 'I
. should feel sorry for myself also, Effendi.
I If ——" He hes'tated.
j '■Now he's going to say s^me^hing nic->.
; the old cL-tr," interp Mss Pratt. 'I'm
: sure "he'd be a perfectly elegant match
i for Aunt Samantha. What was he goinjr
ito say about rce?" -- • .
- "1 .was- only about to observe," said
the exasperated Agha, 'that if your dag
ger is as sharp as your tongue, I should
I feel doubly sorry for mystlf." AnJ he
i glared at Miss Pratt in a very un
j Oriental manner.
j Calverley threw off his fez, hastily put
•on. a cloak and yashmak, and stood by
j one side of the disconsolate Agha as
i Miss Pratt closed up on the other. "L
suppose ■ you have a carriage waiting?'
"Ye—es." ( ; • -
"That's 'all %right. You see, my dear
Agha, even If you wanted to play us i
i false, you haven't a chance. I simply
| throw off this yashmak and" proclaim
i that I am the sultan, have you arrested, j
; and the mute with the bow-string attends
i to the rest with his customary punctual- i
ity and dispatch."
The Kislar Agha shivered and made a
mental \ow never to touch English sher
: bet again. "Effendi," he said, "H is
Kismet, You are a great man! Fare-
• * •
"Wai. neow.*' said Uncle Hiram, ad
miringly surveying the red clay pipe
handed him .by Calverley some two
months later, as he sat on the steps of
his. Massachusetts home, with a mint
Julep at'hlg elbow, and his dog between
his feet "Wai. neow, stranger, who told
you to bring me this?"
"My wife," said Calverley. "Clap on
your coat. Uncle Hiram, and come down
to the hotel to see her. Aunt Samantha'a
waiting for you."
Vncle Hiram leisurely got into his coat.
"Say, you're a pretty smart man. stran
ger, and that's a real elegant pipe. Did
Samanthy teJl you as siho allowed to
bring home a Britisher for Mandy?"
"No, she didn't montion that," said
Calverley, with a laugh.
"No, Samanthy generally does things
first and mentions 'em afterwards." said
Uncle Hiram. "Yes. it's a real smart
pipe, stranger; almost as smart as Sa
A placard in a druggist's window.
"Gumdrops Made of Gum,' would strike
moet people as humorous, for what else
should they be made of? That is a ques
tion about which the confectioners will
tell you nothing, but it suggests pepper
made from cocoanut shells, sand and
sugar, chicory and coffee, sorghum syrup
in honey, and various other methods of
sophistication adopted more or Irs3
skillfully by manufacturers who want a
little of a good thing to go a long way.
It is as absurd as to advertise woollen
cloth made of wool, but really that Is
not so absurd after all, for all wool goods
are sometimes half cotton and sometimes
There is a French proverb, "To act
honestly Is to make oneself conspicuous,"
and if things keep on as they aro going
this proverb will become a fact substan
tiated even by the we eat, if, in
deed, It is not alreadY a fact.
Gum arable, as everyone knows, is a
medicament which is very soothing to
the mucous membranes and one of the
moat efficacious remedies for soothinß in
flamed surfaces. It is considered, in its
way, as a specific in inflammation of the
organs of respiration, but has In a.Wl
tion indisputable nutritive qualities. It la
not only the base of the legendary gum
drop, but enters Into the composition of
pectoral pastes, cough syrups, calming
lotions, emulcent juleps and potions for
the treatment of cough, and as for pllla
and lozenges, in which it is used, their
rfumber is legion.
In commerce there may be found, under
the name of artificial gum, or gumlltne.
a product resulting from the action of
diastase upon starch or of lartic acid upon
flour, sago, or~starch, this product b'eine:
dextrine which Is evaporated to the con
sistency of syrup and dried in an oven.
By mechanical processes this may bo
made to simulate the appearance of gum
It is with such fictitious gum that gum
drops are often made today and, for that
matter, many of the pastes calling for
gum arable, but of oours« this applies
only to those made for sale at cut rates,
for the apothecaries' gumdrops arc, of
course, beyond suspicion. The price cer
tainly proves that.
It is not the kind of gum called for by
Galen, who wrote: "Gum posatswes in a
high degrto tho mollificative, emplastlc
and dessicatlve virtues.' 1 Perhaps this
wiise doctor of Pergamos would have said
nothing about this viscous juice which
exudes from the Arabian acacia if he had
foreseen that some day starch, dextrine,
and even flour and chalk, would be mix
ed with It or even sold under Its name
by merchants without shame.
Gum drops without gum are matched by
Jujube paste v/ithout Jujube; marsh
mallow paste without marsh mallow, and
syrup of orgeat without barley .
Savants call the thorny tree upon which
the Jujube grows, rhamnus zizyphus, but
plain people call It plain Jujube tree. It
grows In Italy, Egypt, Provence and Al
geria, The fruit, which is about the
size of an alive with a large stone, has
a sweetish, slightly astringent taste, but
to appreciate its true flavor it should bo
eaten from the tree. When It 1b exported
it is wrinkled and dry. When it is fresh
it may be considered as a> true ailment,
and. If Pliny and Strabo are to be believ
ed, it formed: the chief if not the sole food
of an ancient African tribe, that of the
Lotophagl, of which Tennyson writes
so beautifully. —"A land wihere all things
seemed the same" from whenco "tho
mild-eyed, melancholy Lotus-eaters
Galen was a disbeliever in the nutri
tive qualities of the fresh Jujube, but
he has recorded his opinion in terms of
quaint humor showing how fond his coun*
trymen were of the fruit. "I caanot
speak," said he, "of the medicinal prop
erties of the Jujube because the women
and children pick them all and eat them.
However, they are of slight nutritive
value and not very easily digested."
Ortbases speaks in nearly Identical lan
guage. He says, "Jujubes are fruits
eaten by women and children at play,
but they have but little nutritive value
and are difficult to digest."
The urchins of Provence, like those of
Greece, eat hardly ripe Jujubes and aTe
troubled with the same indigestion that
our own boys get along with green ap
ple* or a surfeit of chestnuts.
Fresh Jujubes are unknown in this
country, but Jujube paste is a souvenir
of youth, which has no doubt been re
called when the aima mater has called
our attention to the beauties of the Iliad
In which Homer speaking of the lotus,
calls It "a delicious fruit which haa the
power of causing strangers who eat it to
lcse even the memory of their native
But let us leave claaslo memories and
apeak of jujube as a medicine. In its
native country tlsanee, syrups and paste*
are made from It which aro used for
colds. For example, fifty grammes of
Jujubes, without tho etono, when boiled
In a liter of water, produoo a drink -which
la very useful for people who have colds.
Avlcenna recommended jujube, in
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decoction, for diseases of the bowels and
bladder; Acturlus said thut It was good
to purge the system of bile, but this vir
tue seems to be a doubtful one. Be that
as it may. jujubes have a mucilaginous,
sugary principle, which la very soothing
in irritation of the bronchial and other
Syrup of jujube is a mild an "Vrwant
remedy for a dry cough and favors ex.
pfctomtion. ■ cct>rd n-. t , in* r . pharJ
macopoeia of Charis it ought tn contain
extract of jujube, barley, Ucorlce, malt
low, m. lon, eituje anu whil povpy, ht.t
as it is made today we ou«lu t 1 i>«
thankful that the jujube even lema'ns.
for all the other ingredients have beej
It fa different with Juju»><- paste, for.
although It retains the ancient na-.To l>
has no jujube in it at all. According U
| the French cod< the compost? <>n •>.'<niM
be 300 parts of g-um, 200 parts of sugar,
60 parts . t in u*ion O: |uj b- an '(!
parts of orange flower water. Accord'.iu
to Dorvault. a French authority "the ?S
Jube in this paste Is usally omitteil; 'sa
that aft.r all it ought to be called trans*
parent, gum paste." True, this Is not ,
? ew discovery, for Bicret and Lena pub.
lished th:s-slmplificHti.n fifty year.; aca,
but then it was the excu-fHion. an<l now if
has become tho rul When, you buy iv
jube paste you will doubtless ask if' M
is true jujube, but if you want to kno\i
■ et a, pece of blue litmus paper, moisted
it and touch it with the paste, find if It
I?w n°t cnane color the chances ar«
that It is real 3uube paste, but don't b<
disappointed If the litmus paper turn.
red. showing the presence of acid
«£*^JS*sW aU AT»' the «•"
greens as we eat splnacn un.; were
thougnt to keep the system wcil oleanlj
2nv.rA pulllcf'°/ marshmallow was a
spvere gn remedy for the stings of w«i*ps
the Juice was used to counteract th. doW
s n °««. spider bites: the see<l w-n sup
posed to favor the fl .w of m.. . the roo*
was excellent for whttenlng the teeth and
the Incomparable sichet of mar hmaiioW*
accorcing t0 Zenophon was a love powl
der which would Inspire love even intha
Sfi£, BflY.? se women - v. t from thla list
Thl aelo"a properties '• w remain.
rhe leaves make g o -jd poultices, sooth
ing and softening; the flowers mqkVa
be strained through a tine cloth to got
• \ ■ V he cO«On4ike hair which B%£
tached from thhe Plfi nt durlnß boUin«: Je-
I SSd inLf ? th^ rOOt act upon the thro-it
! 'A' .'"V 811"615 as soothing lotions. From
or t~?h1 are aLl°, made children's rittlS
S«*fr r\ nKi necklac«» and ma ■
?»^ k > larer children, but. as De
chamb.o has written, marsbmaUow
low n\s[i- P RSte-, Stll1 ,' whll marshmai!
stin M »is »not, aiftde any mortl- it I^,
cannrt but unfortunately the makers
«« nscientlously label the Product
lo™" Blimaliow8 limaliow ast(-- made of marshm.il
tufi^ o Sr l^n (lr nnk thu? nametl because
Which now Jf! any ma<:io from barl«>y
pnsltUir^ ow Tn no»on^r enters Into its com
?t a to e3a bonT d , fr°m th" SSikg?bfls
tl« a w»f» in clean water, throw away
whl.h -h r , ai< pour "n Soln= more In
th.th fl e barley is to bo boUed from
n I to B ,no" rs- Strain this I'qu d
nnd add sufficient white supnr ,„ °™
t wlt J hSr l «bl h tCste ' and after i"iii|i>*
plete ' "'Kr;U Ul'' '" '•'•"'"
ta^iSf ys#*11 lhis ;s "lmn^'i and orgeat
is mado from almond. For examine
here is a formula: £00 grammes of,wk
?S°« (rramrn^ of Wtter almonS?
i,(>_» grammes of water, 250 srammea or
j orange flower water, and l3.oW £rSi^
?Lm g tar- B« Janche the alm6nda hlnd7u^
them to a fine paste with 125 Kramm.-J
of water and 600 pammesof augarihn
mix . the paste.with the rest of the Wat«.
BtVhlu It under pressure, add th« rest
of the sugar, and when it is dissolved
ad the orange flower water.
w if syrup of bartey without the bar
ley was nOt unknown to the ancients,
DUt they were conscientious en.,uKh to
; call it syrup of almonds, whil* a French
man, Felix Hement ,some years aco
' f, v'V st 1 <id amandine as a true name for
not" aS yrUP °f baHey ' but U wa«
*MV< hf\ t? r thf name may be, orgeat
d luted with wa<er or soda, is an alree^
M*Jj ,di; lnV healthy people and ben-
I eflcial in sickness. It is refrwhing and
i nutritive, and has a world-wld- reputa
| tion. It is good for cough, and Ht
i duf-nches thJrst in feverish condition*,
I let in this syrup, as In all other-s. It
i 13 quite Important that sugar be us«J,
! not glucose. Some unscrupulous mai.u-
I racturers do not put an atom of sugar
J Into their syrups, ana som© use very
little u,iar to a great deal of Blucoso.
Still this can b« easily detected if a
little potash is added to the syrup and
the mixture heated, for if there is glu
cose In it it will turn brown under this
Another very Important element in this,
as in all syrupe, is that it should »ot be
too old, for syrups ferment Very rap-
Idly and the sugar makes a very dls«
Rgreeablf fermente-1 drink. Whlfe the
gourmand's device Is "old wine," he
ought to add to It "young syrup."
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