Poor Gub-Gub was dreadfully frightened; and the pushmi-pullyu began to sharpen his horns for a fight by rubbing them on the mast of the ship; while Jip kept springing into the air and barking and calling Ben Ali bad names in dog-language.
Then Ben Ali, staring down at his feet, suddenly bellowed out,
Well," said the shark, "we know these pirates to be a bad lot--especially Ben Ali.
And please make Ben Ali swim over here that I may talk to him.
A few days later, Ali Cogia mounted the camel that he had laden with merchandise, joined the caravan, and arrived in due time at Mecca.
Now the attractions of Damascus so fascinated the worthy Ali, that he could hardly tear himself away, but at length he remembered that he had a home in Bagdad, meaning to return by way of Aleppo, and after he had crossed the Euphrates, to follow the course of the Tigris.
But when he reached Mossoul, Ali had made such friends with some Persian merchants, that they persuaded him to accompany them to their native land, and even as far as India, and so it came to pass that seven years had slipped by since he had left Bagdad, and during all that time the friend with whom he had left the vase of olives had never once thought of him or of it.
That reminds me," said the husband, "that before Ali Cogia went to Mecca seven years ago, he left a vase of olives in my care.
Therefore I have given you to Ali ben Kadin, my brother.
And in Ali ben Kadin's tent Meriem pleaded and threatened, but all to no avail.
Naked but for his leopard skin and his loin cloth, Korak, The Killer, slunk into the shadows at the back of Ali ben Kadin's tent.
He uttered the single word as he hurled himself upon the astonished Ali ben Kadin.
Go, sit among my Baltis,' said Mahbub Ali, and the lama drifted off, soothed by the promise.
and thou wilt answer: "Mahbub Ali has given me the proof.
He knew he had rendered a service to Mahbub Ali, and not for one little minute did he believe the tale of the stallion's pedigree.