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less; motionless was the captain, and We remained thus for several moments, still nailed to the mast. I smiled at my in anxious expectation, when we heard dream, and rose to seek my old servant. some one descend the stairs of the
He was sitting thoughtfully in the cabin. When the old man heard this, state-room. “Oh, master !” he ex- he commenced to repeat the spell which claimed, as I entered, “I would rather his grandfather had taught him: sleep in the deepest abyss of the ocean
“Come from the fire, come, than pass another night in this accursed
Come from the wat'ry wave, ship. I asked him the cause of his
Come from your airy home, distress, and he answered, “ After I had
Come from the midnight cave, slept a few hours, I awoke and heard
Allah rules in the darkest hour, footsteps crossing backward and for
Spirits, hear! and obey his power.” ward over my head. At first I thought it was you, but there were at least twenty I must confess I had little confidence who were running around, and I heard in this spell, and my hair stood on end also a loud calling and shouting. At as the door flew open. That tall stately last, heavy footsteps ascended the stairs. man whom I had seen nailed to the. After this I lost all consciousness, yet at mast entered. The nail was still in his some moments my senses would return, forehead, but he had placed his cimeter and then I saw that same man, who is in its sheath; he was followed by nailed to the mast above, seated at yon- another, less richly dressed; him also I der table, singing and drinking, while had seen lying above. The captain, as the the one in scarlet dress, who lies not far former undoubtedly was, had a pale face, from him on the deck, sat near him and a full black beard, and dark, rolling eyes, joined in his merriment.” Such were with which he glared around the whole the words of my old servant.
cabin. I could see him very distinctly You will believe, my lord, that my as he passed by our door, but he seemed mind was not perfectly at ease. not to notice the place of our concealno deception ; I also had plainly heard ment. Both seated themselves at the the dead. To sail in such company table which stood in the middle of the was horrible. But Ibrahim sank again cabin, and spoke with a loud and into deep thought. "Now I have it !” almost screaming tone in an unknown he exclaimed at last. He had called to language. They grew louder and more mind a charm that his grandfather, an earnest, until at last the captain struck experienced traveller, had taught him, with his clenched hand upon the table, which was of great efficacy against all so that the cabin rung with the sound. spectres and magic, and he also asserted The other leaped up with wild laughter, that that irresistible sleep which fel upon and beckoned to the captain to follow us might in the following night be pre- him. The latter arose, drew his cimevented, by repeating devoutly sentences ter from its sheath, and both left the from the Koran. The proposition of cabin. We breathed more freely when the old man pleased me well
. In sad they were gone, but still our anguish expectation we saw the night approach. was not at an end. The noise grew Adjoining the cabin was a small closet, louder and louder upon the deck. We into which we resolved to withdraw. heard a hurrying hither and thither, a He bored several holes in the door, shouting, laughing and howling. At large enough to afford us a view of the last, a perfect hell seemed to be let whole cabin; then we fastened it upon loose; it was as if sails, mast and deck the inside as securely as possible, and were coming down upon us, and then Ibrahim wrote the name of the Prophet the clashing of weapons and screamin the four corners of our hiding-place. ing, and then—a sudden, complete siThus we awaited the horrors of the lence. After many hours, we ventured night. It was perhaps about eleven to go on deck, and found all as usual ; o'clock, when I began to feel exceed- not one lay differently from his former ingly drowsy. My companion coun- position, and all were rigid and immovselled me to repeat some sentences able. from the Koran, which certainly was of Thus many days passed in the ship; service to me. All at once everything we were sailing steadily towards the seemed to be alive on deck, the ropes east, in which direction, according to rattled, footsteps were heard, and several my reckoning, lay the land; but although voices could clearly be distinguished. we advanced many miles during the day, yet by night we seemed to retrace enchanted upon the sea for some crime; our course, for when the sun rose we he believed the spell would vanish if found ourselves always upon the same they were once brought to land, but spot. We could not explain this in this could not be effected unless the any other way, than that each night boards were removed upon which they the Dead sailed back again with a lair lay.” He added, “that the ship, with wind. In order to guard against this, its treasures, belonged to me, both by we drew in the sails before night came, law and justice, for it might be said and took the same precautions with that I had found them, as it were ; still, those that we had taken with the door however, I must keep everything sein the cabin; we wrote the name of the cret, and for a small present out of my Prophet upon parchment, together with abundance, he would assist me with his the spell, and bound them around the slaves to remove the dead.” I promised furled sails. We awaited the result to reward him richly, and we set out, with great anxiety in our closet. This accompanied by five slaves, provided night the spectres seemed to rage worse with axes and saws. On our way, the than ever, but on the following morn- magician could not sufficiently praise ing we found the sails all furled as we our happy expedient of winding about had left them. During the day we set the sails sentences from the Koran. It as many sails as were necessary to was the only means he said which urge the ship gently along, and after could have saved us. five days we had made a good stretch It was still tolerably early in the day upon our way.
when we arrived at the ship. We set Finally, on the morning of the sixth immediately to work, and in an hour day, we discovered land at a little dis- four of the bodies lay already in the tance, and we thanked Allah and his boat. Some of the slaves rowed them Prophet for our wonderful deliverance. to land, in order to inter them. They During this day and the following night, related when they returned, that the we sailed slowly along the coast, and dead had saved them the trouble of a on the seventh morning we thonght we burial, having fallen to dust as soon as could see a city not far off. With they had been placed upon the earth. much trouble we dropped an anchor We continued to remove the bodies, and into the sea, which soon took the before evening they were all brought to ground; then got out a small boat which land. At last there were none on was upon the deck, and rowed with all board, except the one who was nailed to our might towards the shore. In half the mast. We tried in vain to draw an hour we entered a river which the nail from the wood, no force could poured itself into the sea, and landed. stir it a hair’s breadth. I knew not At the gate of the city we inquired what to do, as we could not cut down after the name of the place, and learned the mast for the sake of taking it on that it was a city in India, not far from shore. But Muley helped me out of the one for which I had at first em- this embarrassment. He ordered a barked. We entered a caravanserai, slave to row quickly to the land to proand refreshed ourselves from the fa- cure a vessel filled with earth. When tigues of our hazardous voyage. I in- it was brought, the magician proquired there after a wise and learned nounced some mysterious words, and man, giving the host to understand that strewed the earth upon the head of the I wished to see one who had some skill dead man. The latter immediately unin magic. He conducted me through a closed his eyes, drew a deep breath, and remote street, to a mean house, knocked, the wound from the nail in his forehead and then bade me enter, telling me I commenced to bleed. We now drew must inquire for Muley. An old man, the nail easily out, and the wounded with a white beard and long nose, came man fell into the arms of one of the to meet me as I entered, and asked my slaves. business. I told him I sought the wise “ Who has bronght me here ?” he Muley, and he answered me that it was said, after he had seemed to revive a hinself. I now asked his advice as to little. Muley pointed to me, and I what I should do with the dead, and stepped near to him. “I thank thee, what means I should take to get them unknown stranger. . Thou hast rescued from the ship. He answered, “ that me from long torments. For fifty years the crew of that ship had probably been has my body sailed over these waves, and my spirit was condemned each what we had done and spoken on that night to return to it. But my head has night. Thus have we sailed for fifty at last touched the earth, and I can years, neither living nor dead, and ungo reconciled to my fathers.". I prayed able either to live or die, for how could him to relate to us how he had come we reach the land ? With wild pleainto that frightful condition, and he sure we sailed always with every sail said: “ Fifty years ago I was a noble, set in a storm, for we hoped at last to powerful man, and dwelt at Algiers. dash upon some rock, and that our Love of gain impelled me to fit out a weary heads might find repose at the ship and commence piracy: I had al- bottom of the sea. It has not happened ready carried on this trade for some to us. But now I shall die. Receive time, when at Zante I took a Dervish once more my thanks, unknown strangon board, who wished to make the er; if treasures can reward thee, take voyage without expense. I and my my ship as a memorial of my gratitude.” companions were rude people, and had His head drooped when he had thus but little reverence for the sanctity of spoken, and he expired. He also, like the man; we even made him our con- his companions, fell immediately to dust. tinual sport. One night, in holy zeal We collected it in a box, and buried it he had pointed out to me the sinfulness on shore. I then engaged workmen of of my present course of life, and hav- the city, who put my ship in good coning retired to my cabin, where I drank dition. After I had exchanged the freely with the helmsman, I became wares which I had on board, for others overpowered by anger at the recollec- . at a good profit, I hired sailors, richly tion of it. Enraged at what a Dervish rewarded my friend Muley, and emhad said, and which I would have per- barked for my native city. On my way mitted no sultan to say to me, I rushed I stopped at many islands, and disposed upon deck and plunged a poignard in of my merchandise. The Prophet his breast. Expiring, he cursed me blessed my undertakings. After nine and my crew with this curse, 'that we months I landed at Balsora, having should neither die nor live until our doubled the property which the dying heads had touched the earth.' The Der- captain had left me. My neighbors vish died; we threw him into the sea, were astonished at my wealth and good and laughed at his threats; but in that fortune, and believed nothing else than self-same night his words were fulfilled. that I had found the diamond valley of the A part of my crew mutinied against renowned traveller Sinbad. I left them me. We fought with dreadful fury to their belief, and from that time forth it until those of my party were slain, and is the custom of the young people of I myself nailed to the mast. The muti- Balsora, when they are about eighteen neers also died of their wounds, and years old, to go forth into the world like soon my ship was naught but a great me, to seek their fortune. I lived for a grave. My eyes lost their sight, my long while happily and in peace, and breath stopped, and I thought I was every five years I made a journey to dying. But it was a torpor only that Mecca, to thank Allah for his blessings held me bound. In the following night, on that holy spot, and to pray for the and in the same hour in which I had captain and his crew that they may thrown the Dervish into the sea, I awoke,' be received into Paradise. Misfortunes and life returned to all my companions; which it would weary you to hear, at but we could do and say nothing but last threw me into your hands, my lord.
Thus related the slave. After he cushion, my forehead resting upon one had ended, the Sheik Ali Banu directed hand, and, if it might be, the Sheik's fruits to be handed to him, and to the long chibouk in the other, and listen to other slaves to refresh them, and while such narrations. About in this manner they ate discoursed with his friends. I represent to myself the life in the But the young men whom the old man gardens of Mahomet.”. “ So long as yon had introduced were full of admiration are young and can labor,” said the old at the Sheik, at his house and all his re- man, “ you cannot be in earnest in such gulations. “Truly,” said the young a slothful wish. But I grant you there scribe, “there is no more pleasant pas. is a peculiar charm in this pastime. As time than to listen to stories like these. old as I am, and I am upon the verge I could sit thus for days, with my legs of my seven-and-seventieth year, as crossed, my right arm supported upon a much too as I have heard in my life, yet I disdain not when the narrator sits us upon the grass, before the house, and in a corner, and the listeners gather in we would not cease entreating him una circle around him, to join myself also til he commenced, and then he must to them, and listen with them. One keep it up until the night interrupted dreams then that he is in the midst of us. those events which are related, he lives " And then was unlocked to us,” rewith those men, with those wonderful plied the scribe, "a new, an unknown spirits, with fairies and beings of a like kingdom, the land of Genii and Fairies, nature, whom we meet not every day, adorned with all the wonders of the veand he has afterwards matter to repeat getable world, with rich palaces of emeto himself when he is alone, like the ralds and rubies, with giant slaves, who pilgrim who has well provided himself appeared when a ring was turned, or a when he travels through the wilder- wonderful lamp rubbed, or Solomon's ness.”
word spoken, and brought delicious food “I have never reflected,” said another on golden dishes. We felt ourselves inof the young people, "wherein the voluntarily transported to that land, we charm of such stories truly lies. But it went with Sinbad upon his wonderful is with me as with yourself. When a voyages, we accompanied Haroun al mere child, if I was fretful and impa- Raschid, the wise commander of the tient, I could be soothed by a story. At faithful, we knew Giafar, his vizier, as first it was indifferent to me of what it well as we knew each other, in short, treated, if it only contained some inci- we lived in those stories as at night we dent; how often have I listened with- live in dreams, and there was for us no out weariness to those fables which wise happier time in the day than the evenmen have invented, and in which they ing, when we assembled upon the grass have laid a kernel of their wisdom; of plot, and the old slave narrated to us. the Fox and the foolish Raven, of the But tell us, old man, wherein lies it. Fox and the Wolf, and many stories of truly that we were then so delighted the Lion and the rest of the beasts. With this pastime; whence is it that When I grew older, and came more even now, there is no more pleasant enamong men, these short tales no more tertainment for us than this ?” delighted me. They must be longer, The stir which arose in the chamber, must treat of men and their singular and the call for attention, which was fortunes."
made by the overseer of the slaves, pre“Yes, I remember well that time," vented the old man from replying. The interrupted one of his friends. “It was young people knew not whether to be thou who didst inspire us with the de- pleased that they were to hear a new sire for narratives of all kinds. One of story, or to be vexed that their interestthy slaves had as much to relate as a ing conversation with the old man had camel-driver conld tell all the way from been interrupted; but a second slave Mecca to Medina. When he had fin- stood up, and began. ished his labor, he must seat himself by
THE STRANGE GENTLEMAN AND HIS NEPHEW.
“My lord, I am a German' by birth, scribe quiet domestic life as it is found and have dwelt too short a time in your among our citizens. land, to be able to relate a Persian tale, "In the southern part of Germany lies or a pleasing story of sultans or viziers. the village of Grünwiesel, where I was You will permit me, therefore, to nar- born and brought up. It is like all other rate something of my native country, villages—a small square with a fountain which may, perhaps, amuse you. Our in the middle, on one side a little old stories rarely rise to so lofty a pitch as court-house, around the square the those of your land, that is, they do not houses of the justice of the peace and treat of sultans, who with us are called the most respectable merchants, and in kings, nor of viziers and pachas, whom a few narrow streets the dwellings of we term ministers of justice and tinance, the rest of the inhabitants. All are acprivy counsellors, and the like, but (un- quainted; each one knows how it goes less, perhaps, they bring in the soldier here or there; and if the parson, or the and his achievements) commonly de- burgomaster, or the doctor, has an extra
dish upon the table, the whole village is and I can still remember, as though it informed of it before the dinner is fairly were yesterday, the disturbance which over. In the afternoon the women he caused in our village. In the aftermake their visits, as they call them, to noon he was never seen like the other one another, talk of important matters, men at the bowling-alley; in the evening over strong coffee and sweet cake, and he came not to the tavern, to smoke a come to weighty conclusions, that the pipe of tobacco over the newspapers like parson, perhaps, has bought a ticket in the rest. In vain the burgomaster, the the lottery, and gained a large sum in justice of the peace, the doctor, the that unholy manner, that the burgomas- parson, invited him in turn to dinner, or ter has been bribed, or the doctor feed to drink coffee ; he always excused himby the apothecary, to order expensive self. For these reasons some thought prescriptions. You can imagine, my him a madman, others a Jew, but the lord, how disagreeable it must have greatest number stoutly maintained that been, for a well-regulated village like he was a magician or enchanter. I Grünwiesel, when a man entered the grew up to be eighteen—twenty years place, of whom no one could tell whence old, and still this man was always call. he came, what was his errand, or by ed in the village the strange genileman. what means he lived. The burgomaster, It happened one day that some peoit is true, had seen his passport, which ple came to the place with foreign anievery one must have, with us
mals, one of those wandering caravans, “ Is it then so unsafe upon the roads,” which boasts, perhaps, of a camel that said the Sheik, interrupting the slave in can make a bow, a dancing bear, and a his narration, “ that you must have a few dogs and apes, dressed up comically firman from your sultan, to keep robbers enough in men's clothes, which perform in awe ?”
various tricks. These people common“No, my lord,” replied the slave, ly march through a city, stop at all the “ these papers do not protect us from corners and squares, make wretched robbery; it is only for the sake of order, music with a little drum and fife, let their that wherever one is, he may know by troop leap and dance, and then collect what kind of people he is surrounded. money from the neighboring houses. Now the burgomaster had examined his But the band which this time came into passport, and had declared one evening Grünwiesel, was remarkable for an enat the doctor's, that it was correctly ormous Ourang-outang, almost as large drawn up from Berlin to Grünwiesel, as a man, that walked upon two legs, but still there must be something in the and knew how to perform many wonbackground, for the man had certainly derful feats. They appeared, at last, in a suspicious appearance. The burgo- turn, before the house of the strar ger. master was held in the greatest respect As the drum and fife sounded, he was by the village; no wonder, therefore, that observed behind the dark age-tarniz hed the stranger was henceforth looked upon window, and at first seemed displeased as a person of doubtful character. His and indignant; soon, however, he bemode of life also did not help to alter came more pleasant and friendly; to i he this opinion of my countrymen. For a astonishment of all he opened the winfew pieces of gold the stranger hired an dow to look out, laughed as heartily at entire house that hitherto had stood un- the tricks of the Ourang-outang, and inhabited; he had procured a carriage- even paid for his amusement with eo load of singular furniture, such as large a piece of money that the whole stoves, furnaces, crucibles, and things village spoke of it. of the like nature, and from that time On the following morning the caravan forth lived altogether by himself. He departed, the camel carrying a number of even cooked his own victuals, and no baskets, in which the dogs and apes sat human soul entered the house, except very comfortably, while the men and an old man of the village, who pur- Qurang-outang followed. Scarce were chased his bread, meat, and vegetables, they an hour or two out of the gate, but even this one was allowed to come when the strange gentleman sent to the no farther than the hall, where the post-house, and to the great astonishstranger received from him all which he ment of all
, desired a carriage and had bought.
horses, and rcde out at the same gate, I was a boy about ten years of age, and in the same direction which the when this man entered my native place, animals had taken. It was already VOL XVI.-NO, LXXIX,