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were duly appreciated and his labours crowned with the
highest applause. The reward of the architect's successCONTENTS.-N 86.
ful skill was not confined to praise alone, for Nu'mán
showered on him gifts far beyond his fondest expectaNOTES:Fate of Asiatic Architects, 141-Lord Mayor Shorter
tions : camel-loads of pure gold, pearls and precious and Budyan, 142-Queen Victoria's Jubilee-Earl of Gal. loway, 145_" Manerari" or "Numerari"-National An stones, ambergris and musk; and all in such abunthem-George, First Marquis Townshend, 147.
dant quantities as would ensure him ease and comfort
during the rest of his life. Nu'man was well aware QUERIES :-Barrington's Irish Nation,' 147-Alex. AllanEnglish selling their Children-Blackbirds and their Young
that he who desires to possess magnificent works of art --Mrs. Glasse-Vestments of Blue- The Water Doctor'
must open wide the portals of liberality: a cook who is “ The Bells of Ouseley”-Lines from Dante-Book-plate- | sparing of condiments and fuel cannot expect that the Translatee-Assignats-Tombland Fair, Norwich-Manck
Norwich-Manck- feast will please the guests. When the architect received sey Level, 148 - Gabbard Swaddy - Mark - Napoleonic this unlooked for bounty he apologized and said: "O king, Medals-Eleanor-Ela Family-Strafforde and Wandesfordel had I an
had I anticipated such noble generosity, I should have - Bishop of Hereford-Preservation of Medals-Story in
bestowed greater pains on my work, and made it vastly Blackwood'-- Fluelen - Milman's “Samor'-Sir J. Trelawney-Paviel : Tile Tree, &c.—Col. E. Tynte, 149.
more worthy of your majesty's greatness and muni
ficence.' What ! exclaimed Nu'man in astonishment, REPLIES :-Livery of Seisin. 150-De la Pole-Anti-Gallican do you conceive it possible, with a larger supply of
Society, 151-Inn Signs -- Earthen Mound-Lord Mayor's I materials and a promise of higher remuneration, you Day-Charlotte Brontë-Hill-Barnaby Rudge'-Lily of
| could erect aught more splendid than this palace ?' Scripture, 152-Miss Farren and Mrs. Siddons - Magoa Charta-Barlow-Who was Robin Hood ? 153-Comic Solar
“Yes, sire,' replied Semnar; “if your majesty wished Myths-Religious Orders-Female Heresiarchs, 154-Sebas. | for something absolutely incomparable, I could erect tian Cabot - Spinning-Wheel Alley - Legh of Lyme - A such a palace that Khayarnak should appear insignificant Wallet, 155 - Hatters - Walking-stick Inscription--Lady | in comparison. In this palace I have made use of but Fenwick's Tombstone - Warda Fori, 156 - Quotations - three colours; in that a hundred different tints abould General Lambert-Slipshod English-Stodart on Scottish
unite their beauty; that which is here common stone Family History, 157 - Calaber - Galileo-"I'm & Dutchman"-Tewkesbury Musket-Balls, 158.
should be in the other the finest ruby; this palace has
but one dome, but the other, like the ethereal world, NOTES ON BOOKS:-Bullen's · Marston'-Lupton's 'Life should glory in seven,' On hearing this the king was of Colet'-Vernon Lee's Juvenilia '--Grove's Dictionary
inflamed with wrath and his countenance caused & of Music'-Ashley's Edward III. and his Wars'-' Annual Register for 1886.'
conflagration in the stores of royal beneficence. Truly a
king is a fire, from the blaze of which he only is secure who Notices to Correspondents, &c.
looks at it from afar...... Nu'man's pride suggested that should Semnar be allowed to live some rival in power and
wealth might by his means be enabled to erect a palace Notes.
more splendid than Khayarnak, and he therefore com
manded his attendants to put bim to death. Thus did FATE OF GREAT ASIATIO ARCHITECTS.
they dig up this cypress from the garden of life : his eyes
were covered and he was thrown from the summit of the It is well known that Oriental potentates in palace. Behold the waywardnega of destiny, which made former times were wont to bestow gifts of enormous the proud monument of his skill and labour the uncon. value on poets and artists whose works they scious instrument of his destruction ! " admired. We often read of a rájá, sultán, or Still more horrible was the fate of the conkhalíf rewarding a poet for a few laudatory verses structors of Trimal Naig's choultry at Madura, by causing his mouth to be filled with pearls and whom the Indian tyrant ordered to be thrown into precious stones; and instances are recorded of a dungeon, the entrance of which was then built learned men being kept prisoners by Asiatic princes up, and they were thus buried alive, to prevent in order that they should not adorn the court of them from possibly erecting an edifice elsewhere any rival monarch. Many Eastern stories turn on which should eclipse that monument of his grandeur; the quest of some extraordinary object which should and Trimal caused the two unfortunate architects render its royal possessor immeasurably superior to to be sculptured on the walls incarcerated in a cell, all the kings of the earth past and present. To which one should suppose calculated to repress the the passion for the display of wealth and power noble zeal of all future artists! are to be ascribed the numerous magnificent The skilful armourer who forged the sword Dham palaces, temples, mosques, and mausoleums erected which came into the possession of the celebrated by princes of India and Persia ; but while the Bedouin poet-hero Antar by a lucky accident fared gifted architects were generally remunerated with no better at the hands of his employer, an Arab riches“ beyond the dreams of avarice," it would chief. That famous blade was made from a appear they sometimes fell victims to the jealousy thunderbolt that had slain one of the chief's camels, of their royal patrons. Such was the fate of and when the smith delivered it, with natural pride, Semnar, who constructed for Nu'mán, an Arab to his patron, he observed : “ This sword is sharp, prince, the palace of Kbavarnak, if we may credit chief of the tribe of Ghaylib-sharp indeed : the following anecdote from the 'Heft Menzer,' or but where is the smiter for this sword ?" Quoth 'Seven Faces,' of the Persian Abdallah Hatifi the chieftain : “As for the smiter-I am he," and (ob. A.H. 927, A.D. 1520):
instantly struck off the smith's head, so that there “When Semnar had finished this costly edifice, 80 should never be another sword Dham 1! much beyond the expectation of his employer, his merits I think these stories have parallels in European