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Stories That Come True

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Pages: 76

Language: English

Book format: An electronic version of a printed book that can be read on a computer or handheld device designed specifically for this purpose.

Publisher: General Books LLC (5 Feb. 2012)

By: Prudentia (Author)

This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1879. Excerpt: ... ing he crossed his hands on his breast, and bent his head, what he said was imperatively spoken. Aidee obeyed him by going forward, but she did so slowly, her eyes fixing themselves on the floor in a kind of reverie. After passing a short distance along the gallery, she turned about facing the Ethiopian. In the gentlest of voices, she said,--'That Christian is good, yet they ill use him. No one works so hard with the chisel, and yet' 'He is one of the dogs!' snarled the slave, hurrying f oward to lift a silken curtain which had just fallen behind the first lady, as she passed into another gallery. A troubled look was in Aidee's eyes, as she and the slave vanished behind the same curtain. The Christian captive for whom the Caliph's daughter felt this sympathy, was one of the passengers and crew of a British ship overpowered and taken by two Mohammedan pirate vessels in the Persian Golf. It had been found out that Eanald Murray, for that was his name, was a skilful stone-cutter. He was little more than a youth, and had sailed from Scotland on this ill-fated voyage with his uncle, who was the captain of the little vessel. It happened that just then the Caliph was enlarging his palace, and Ranald's jikill in stone-cutting made him a valuable slave. He was, accordingly, offered to the Caliph. Aidee and her companion, as one means of whiling away the time which hung so heavily upon their hands, had begged the favour from Babou of being alowed to come into the outer gallery, and amuse themselves by watching from behind the lattice the builders at their work. She had there seen the gentleness with which the Christian captive bore all kinds of cruel usage. Eanald had been a religious youth at home, and, since his captivity, loneliness and meditation had made him s...


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