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“If you open its pages, you will fetched, and a fire was lighted. In a very few there see written who is being born, who is minutes they saw, to their delight, food ready ill, and who is dying at that very moment, cooked. After they had eaten sufficiently, and everything that is going on in the they sat down, and began to relate their adworld.”
ventures. The one who had bought the “In that case, I will buy the book gladly.” | book produced it, and opening it, said
So the son of the prince purchased it, and “I can now tell what our princess is doing, carried it off with him.
if she is alive and in good health.” The son of the magistrate went through No sooner had he cast his eye on the the shops of one of the towns of Ceylon, pages than he uttered an exclamation of looking for what he might buy. At last he horror, and said
. saw an old man with a small glass phial, con- “I see that our princess is very sick, and taining a dark mixture, in his hand. On in- at the point of death. What is to be done?” quiring the price, he found that it was a thou- The man who had the phial of medicine
said“Your medicine is by no means cheap, “Could I but be near her in time, her old fellow: it ought to be very efficacious, life would be saved.” I should think,” said the son of the magis- The man who owned the wooden horse trate.
now said “So it is," was the answer.
take “That can be easily done. I have a one drop of this liquid, and pour it into the horse here, which if you mount, and strike mouth of a dying man, he will infallibly him three times with a stick, he will transrecover.”
port you in a moment wherever you wish.” So the young man untied the corner of They were all delighted to hear this. his handkerchief, in which he put his money, They immediately mounted, and found themand bought the phial.
selves at the palace of the princess. She The son of the sepoy, as was related, was at her last gasp; but the man with the went into the country of Mysore. There, on phial poured a drop of the liquid into her the road, he met a man with a wooden horse, mouth, and she recovered directly. remarkably well carved. He asked the Now came the difficult question, whom price of it, and was told a thousand rupees. out of these four should she marry? Their He asked what were the points about it purchases had turned out equally useful; that made it so dear, as he could get one but they had each been dependent on the like it made for fifty. He was answered other. If the lotah had not supplied them that it was the most wonderful horse in ex- with food, they would have all died of hunistence, because, if you wanted to be quickly ger; if the book had not given them the inat a place, you had only to put your leg formation, they would never have known of over its back, give it three blows with a the princess's illness; but for the phial of stick, and, in the twinkling of an eye, you medicine the princess would have died; and would be at the place you desired.
On if the horse had not brought them, they hearing this he immediately purchased the would not have been there. It was decided horse, and took it away with him.
at length in favour of the man who owned All four, having now spent the money the horse, as having a horse he could ride that was given to them, started for the place to his wedding—it being the custom in the they had agreed to meet at, which place was East for the bridegroom, if he has any prea hundred miles from the princess's palace. tensions to dignity, to ride to the bride's It was late one night when they rejoined each house. other, and they were almost fainting from
THE REWARD OF THE BARBER. hunger. They had not touched food for three days, they had no money, and there was no A certain man, who was very poor, passed one there who could have sold it to them from one country to another, and took up if they had had it. At last one of them-- his abode in a small hovel close to the he with the lotah-said
palace of the king of that country. Each “If I kindle a fire under this pot, in a day he went to the door of the palace, and short time an ample supper will be provided waited till the king came out to mount his for you."
horse; he then made a salaam to the king. No sooner said than done. Wood was This continued for a whole year—the poor
NORMAN MACLEOD, D.D.
March 2, 1872.)
man not missing a single day making his pelled to put his handkerchief to his nose obeisance. At the end of a year, the king and mouth." took notice of him, and asked him why he The king, getting very angry, answeredso constantly was there, and if he was in his "I have never noticed him doing so, but service, or if he could grant him anything? next time I will watch, and should I catch The poor man replied that he was not in him at it, I will punish him severely for his service, nor did he want employment or his disrespect to my royal person, and I will money; all he asked was that he might be reward you.” allowed to come every day to the king's The barber then went to the stranger, and dhurbah, and sit close to his majesty's side, while he was shaving him, saidevery now and then putting his mouth to "Master, when I was shaving the king just the king's ear, but at the same time pre- now, he was talking about you, and comserving the most complete silence. The plaining how disagreeable and ill-mannered king made.no objection to this arrangement, you were; for whenever you whisper to him, as it would in no way interfere with him if through your deficiency of teeth, your saliva he did not speak; so he consented. When touches his face. He wishes you would put the courtiers saw the man putting his mouth your handkerchief before your mouth when from time to time to the king's ear, they you speak.” imagined that he had great influence with The stranger thanked the barber, and said the king; so that if any one had a suit to he would do so. prefer, he came to this man and gave him The next day there was a dhurbar. As large bribes, so that he might talk the king usual, the man took his seat at the side of over to his side. Some gave him a thousand the king; but when the king turned his face rupees, others two thousand; and soon, in towards him, as if speaking, he immediately this way, from a poor man he became a put his handkerchief to his mouth. On very rich one. Now, the vizier of this king, seeing this, the king got very angry, and at when he saw that a great deal of money, in the rising of the dhurbar, he saidstead of coming into his hands, as he thought “Here is a draft on my treasury. Present was his right, went into those of the stranger, it as usual, and you will be paid.” became very jealous, and took counsel with Now, written on the draft were these himself how he should get him sent away. words—"Whoever presents this, cut off his It happened one morning that the court nose, and give him ten rupees.” barber, who was a very cunning man, went Having received this, the man went out, to shave the vizier, and seeing him very un- and on his way to the treasury he met the happy, asked him the cause of his sadness. barber, who made his salaam. The stranger The vizier said
said“What business is it of yours? Hold your “Here is the draft for ten rupees the king tongue."
always gives me. Take it, and present it at But on the barber persisting in asking the treasury, and accept the money as a him the reason, he told him how it was, and present for the valuable hint you gave me.” how desirous he was to get rid of the ob- The barber took it, and soon found himnoxious stranger. The barber said
self seized, his nose cut off, and ten rupees "Leave it all to me. I will undertake to put into his hand. Thus the biter was bit. get him banished.”
So he went to the king, and, as he was NORMAN MACLEOD, D.D. shaving him, he said
"Oh, king, does not a stranger always sit THE subject of our cartoon, the Rev. by your side, and whisper to you at your
, of her dhurbars?"
Majesty's chaplains for Scotland, was born The king answered
in 1812. His father, of the same name as “Yes, it is so; and, moreover, each time himself, was in his time a distinguished he is present I give him a draft on my trea- minister of the Church of Scotland, in which sury for ten rupees."
the son now holds such a prominent place. “Well,” said the barber, “the man sets Dr. Macleod was educated at the Univerall sorts of reports about; and among others, sities of Edinburgh and Glasgow; and, after he says that when you whisper to him, you holding various minor preferments in the have such offensive breath that he is com- Established Church of Scotland, was ap
pointed minister of the Barony Church in are to be committed to the ready oblivion Glasgow.
of the past. This resolution of the Imperial He is well known as the author of many Government is based upon no mere freak valuable and interesting works; and per- of sudden virtue and contrition. haps the most noticeable, his book entitled For some years past, the tide of public “Eastward,” based upon his experiences of opinion in Germany has been setting in travels which he made in Palestine and the strongly, with daily increasing force, against neighbouring countries some years ago, has the pandemoniums which had gained for the added largely to his reputation as an attrac- most beautiful natural resorts of that country tive writer. Dr. Macleod also went, in 1867, such an unenviable notoriety. on a journey of inspection among the prin- Their suppression was seen to be a necipal missionary stations of India-a thou- cessity not only of public morality, but of sand pounds having been previously voted public policy. The question, in a formal to him for travelling expenses from the funds shape, first came before the old Federal Diet, devoted to missionary enterprises by the Es- and a resolution was voted in that assembly tablished Church of Scotland.
to call upon the Governments of the difSome of the more interesting results of ferent States of Germany to state what they his investigations were given in “Good were prepared to do in the matter of this Words," of which Dr. Macleod has been desired suppression of open gaming-tables. the editor since the first establishment of The Grand Duchy of Baden responded that magazine in the year 1860. These that it intended closing the Baden establishnotes have since been reprinted in a volume ment even before the time of the contract form, under the title of "Peeps at the Far had expired. East; or, a Familiar Account of a Visit to But the Nassau authorities were not quite India.”
so complaisant. They maintained that it Of his other numerous literary works, we was impossible to abolish the gaming-banks may mention the “Home School; or, Hints of Wiesbaden and Ems, inasmuch as the
Home Education, Simple Truths proprietors of those concerns had built the spoken to Working Men"--addressed more thermal establishments there in 1807 and immediately to the congregation of the work- 1810, and had kept them in repair ever ing classes of the Barony Mission Chapel — since, at their own expense. They promised, “Deborah," "Reminiscences of a Highland however, when the present leases had exParish,” and, perhaps one of the most suc- pired, to refuse to renew them. cessful of all his works, “ The Earnest The Government of Mecklenburg-Schwerin Student.” Although only a brief sketch, offered to suppress the Dobberau gamingone of the most characteristic examples of house, if the Governments of the other his style of thought and expression is a short States would abolish those within their own disquisition on Social Life in Heaven "- jurisdiction.
"”. one of the papers in a collection entitled Waldeck refused to suppress its two gam"Recognition of Friends in Heaven," the ing-houses at Pyrmont and Wildungen, the joint production of the Bishop of Ripon, concessions for which were in force till 1873 Dr. Macleod, J. B. Owen, M.A., and three and 1905 respectively, unless public gaming other authors. Dr. Macleod has also written should be prohibited throughout the whole an interesting Scottish story, “The Starling." of the Federation simultaneously.
These were the first symptoms of the ROUGE ET NOIR.
coming reform, and the natural opposi
tion of vested interests, however vile or THE 'HE palmy days of Homburg and however blighting, to the healthy moral in
Baden are numbered. Throughout the stincts of a great people. But now the whole of the new German Empire, the god- end is at hand. Rouge et noir will soon be less reign of rouge et noir and the hungry an institution of the past—so far, at least, genii of the gambling-table have been con- as the Germans are concerned; and the demned in the public interest; and the un- croupier will find no other refuge than that hallowed scenes of former days, so long the wretched rock of Monaco, “which never reproach and disgrace of German watering- sows and never reaps, yet has an invincible places, which drew to their “hells" the folly objection to starving.” But the congratulaand reckless passions of the civilized world, I tions of the well-wishers of society have re