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the Little Glass Slipper.
THE SAGACIOUS COUNTRYMAN. THE CATARACT OF LODORE. SONG-BY THE HEATH STOOD
ANECDOTE OF GAUSS.
THE ADVENTURES OF HAITIM TAI.
Husn Banu greatly approved of these questions.
One day, when seated in her balcony, and viewing the surround
ing prospect, a dervise attended by forty slaves passed by, and his CHAPTER FIRST.
feet trod not on the ground. Containing the History of Ausn Banu, the daughter of Burzak, the Mer.
When Husn Banu saw the pious man she said to her nurse
“Oh, mother, who is this high personage that travels so magnifichant --She is expelled from the King of Khorassan's capital, and cently, and whose foot treads not on the ground unless it be covered the treasures of the seven kings-Her Beneficence towards Mankind with carpets of gold and silver ?" -- She becomes renovened, and is beloved by Munir, an Assyrian Prince
The nurse replied--llaitim hears of the circumstance-His visit to Husn Banu on ac.
“ Life of thy mother, this dervise is the King's spiritual guide. count of her seven remarkable questions, which he undertakes to answer. Kurdan Shah, who visits this holy man every month, submits NCE upon a time there reigned over the kingdom of Khorassan he is a devout man, and holds communion with the Creator.”
It is thought that
himself to him, and acts according to his advice. a monarch named Kurdan Shah, who maintained an army
Then Husn Banu said of five hundred thousand horsemen, beside ten thousand archers, couriers, and musketeers. Each of his provinces he en
“My dear curse, I have a desire to invite him to this house to an trusted to the care of one of his nobles, and his justice and equity
entertainment, and show him every mark of respect.” were such that he made the lion and the lamb drink at the same
To this proposal the nurse gave ber assent. fountain ; moreover, he never oppressed his subjects.
Husn Banu then called one of her attendants, and said to himDuring his reign there lived a merchant named Burzak, who
“Go tbou to the presence of that illustrious man Azrak, and porosessed great wealth and estate, and those agents travelled in convey to his Eminence this my desire and request : Say to hin that all directions in pursuit of commerce.
a certain lady in vites his Holiness to an entertainment; if by an act
He was very intimate with the King, who had great regard for him.
of condescension so becoming to the great, and of benevolence so It came to pass that Burzak the merchant died, leaving no
becoming to the pious, he should deign to visit this humble lady, it children beside a daughter, named Ilusn Banu, who inheritei the
will give her much pleasure." whole of his wealth. When upon his death-bed, Burzak bequeathed
When the attendant of Husn Banu waited on the dervise, and bis daughter to the care of the King, who, with much kindness, communicated to him her request, the pious man at once consented, faid , “ She is now my daughter;" and he accordingly adopted her as
saying, “ To-morrow I will assuredly come.' own, and secured to Husn Banu all the property her father died dervise would come next day, and the news greatly delighted her.
Then the servant brought intelligence to Husn Bamu that the possessed of. Husn Banu was blessed with much wisdom, and looked upon She also prepared as an offering to him nine suits of silken garments
She then gave orders to prepare all sorts of viands for his repast. her she began to dispense her wealth and treasures in charity, and embroidered with gold, and seven trays of pure burnished gold, also the frequently remarked "- that we ought not to entangle ourselves several silver baskets filled with fruit.
On the following morning the dervise, with his forty attendants, One day she called her nurse
, and said to her, “ Ob! my dear proceeded to the house of Husn Banu. mother, it is not my intention to marry yet, pray tell me by what he possessed the heart of Sheytan, the fiend. When going on a
Now, although this dervise bad the outward aspect of a man, yet means I can protect myself from the snares of worldly men, for journey he would not deign to tread on the ground, for his slaves some plan must be devised ?”
The nurse replied, " I have seven questions which you shall put 19 every man who 'desires to become your busband; whosoe per he stepped ; and, marching in this style, he arrived at Husn Banu's shall answer ihem properly, and shall agree to the conditions they
house. impise, lim you may accept. The seven questions are these :
Now when Husn Banu heard that the dervise had arrived, she
ordered the court-yard to be covered with carpets embroidered with “ Ist. What I saw once I long to see a second time.
gold and silver, on which the pious man might walk. “2nd. Do good, and cast it upon the waters.
Then this dervise of high degree stepped upon the carpets, and, " 3rd. Do no evil; if you do, evil will befall you.
cntering the house, was seated on a throne befitting a king. " 4th. He who speaks the truth has nothing to fear.
Husn Banu brought for the acceptance of the dervise, first the " 5th. Let him bring an account of the mountain of Nida. trays full of gold and silver coins, which he would not accept, "bth. Let him produce a pearl (like that which you possess) of saying, " These carved pieces of worldly dross, are of no use to “7th, Let him bring a description of the bath of Bad-gard." When they saw that the dervige would not accept the money they
the size of a duck's egg.