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defined by words, and agreements must be made in words. The former must have its course, or it is nothing; the agreements must be kept, or there would be no faith between man and man. Therefore the barber must keep all his wood.” Then calling the woodcutter close to him, the Caliph whispered something in his ear, which none but he could hear, and then sent him away quite satisfied.
. The woodcutter, having made his obeisance, returned to his ass, which was tied without, took it by the halter and proceeded to his home. A few days after he applied to the barber, as if nothing had happened between them, and requested that he and a companion of his from the country might enjoy the dexterity of his hand; and the price at which both operations were to be performed was settled.
When the woodcutter's crown had been properly shorn, Ali Sakal asked where his companion was.
“He is just standing without here,” said the other, “and he shall come in presently.”
Accordingly, he went out, and returned, leading his ass after him by the halter.
“This is my companion,” said he, “and you must shave him.”
“Shave him!” exclaimed the barber in the greatest surprise. “It is enough that I have consented to demean myself by touching you; and do you insult me by asking me to do as much to your ass ? Away with you, or I'll send you both to Jericho.” Forthwith he drove them out of the shop.
The woodcutter immediately went to the Caliph, was admitted to his presence, and related his case.
" 'Tis well,” said the commander of the faithful “Bring Ali Sakal and his razors to me this instant,” he exclaimed to one of his officers, and in the course of ten minutes the barber stood before him.
“Why do you refuse to shave this man's companion ?” said the Caliph. “Was not that your agreement ?"
Ali, kissing the ground, answered: “ 'Tis true, O Caliph, that such was our agreement; but whoever made a companion of an ass before? Or who ever before thought of treating it as a true believer”
“You may say right,” said the Caliph; "but, at the same time, whoever thought of insisting on a pack-saddle being included in a load of wood ? No, no; it's the woodcutter's turn now. To the ass immediately, or you know the consequences.”
The barber was then obliged to prepare a large quantity of soap to lather the beast from head to foot and to shave him, in the presence of the Caliph and of the whole court, whilst he was jeered and mocked by the taunts and laughter of all the bystanders. The poor woodcutter was then dismissed with an appropriate present of money, and all Bagdad resounded with the story, and celebrated the justice of the commander of the faithful..
LITTLE BROWN HANDS.
MARY K. KROUT. They drive home the cows from the pasture, -.
Up through the long shady lane, Where the quail whistles loud in the wheat fields,
That are yellow with ripening grain. • They find, in the thick waving grasses,
Where the scarlet-lipped strawberry grows; They gather the earliest snowdrops,
And the first crimson buds of the rose.
They toss the new hay in the meadow;
They gather the elder bloom white;
In the soft tinted October light.
And are sweeter than Italy's wines;
On the long, thorny blackberry vines.
They gather the delicate seaweeds,
And build tiny castles of sand; They pick up the beautiful sea shells,
Fairy barks that have drifted to land; They wave from the tall, rocking treetops,
Where the oriole's hammock nest swings; And at night time are folded in slumber
To songs that a fond mother sings,
Those who toil bravely are strongest;
The humble and poor become great;
Shall grow mighty rulers of state.
The noble and wise of the land,
Shall be held in the little brown hand.
A STRANGE MECHANIC.
The following is related of Gilbert Stuart, an American artist. He was at an inn where he had arranged for a night's lodging and the other guests were desirous of finding out his occupation or profession. The method of roundabout questioning was adopted, as follows:
Stuart answered, with grave face and serious tone, that he sometimes dressed the hair of ladies and gentlemen. At that time high-cropped, pomatumed hair was all the fashion.
“Then you are a hair dresser ?” asked one.
“I beg your pardon, sir; but I inferred it from what you said. If I mistook you, may I take the liberty to ask what you are?”
“Why,” said Stuart, “I sometimes brush a gentleman's coat or hat, and sometimes adjust a cravat.”
“Oh, you are a valet, then, to some nobleman ?”
“A valet! Indeed, sir, I am not. I am not a servant. To be sure, I make coats and waistcoats for gentlemen."
“Oh, you are a tailor?”.
“A tailor! Do I look like a tailor? I assure you I I never handled a goose, except a roasted one.”
By this time the company were all in a roar. “What are you, then ?” said one.
“I'll tell you,” said Stuart. “Be assured, all I have said is literally true. I dress hair, brush hats and coats, adjust a cravat, and make coats and waistcoats, and likewise boots and shoes, at your service.”
“Oh, ho! a boot and shoe maker, after all.”
“Guess again, gentlemen. I never handled boot or shoe but for my own feet and legs; yet all I have told you is true.”
“We may as well give up guessing.”
“Well, then, I will tell you, upon my honor as a gentleman, my real profession. I get my bread by making faces.”
He then changed his countenance, and twisted his face in a manner such as Samuel Foote or Charles Mathews might have envied.
His companions, after long peals of laughter, each took credit to himself for having suspected that the gentleman belonged to the theatre; and they all knew he must be a comedian by profession, when, to their utter astonishment, he assured them he was never on the stage, and very rarely saw the inside of a playhouse or any similar place of amusement.
Now all looked at one another in utter amazement.