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.
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.
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.
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.
I always had a desire to have a mute in my service, so learning the day his tongue was cut out, I went to the bey, and proposed to give him for Ali a splendid double-barreled gun which I knew he was very desirous of having.
Then Ali brought on the dessert, or rather took the baskets from the hands of the statues and placed them on the table.
Let us now go into the adjoining chamber, which is your apartment, and Ali will bring us coffee and pipes.