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.
Ali Cogia heard the words, and lost no time in following the advice.
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.
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. If they are annoying you, we will gladly eat them up for you--and then you won't be troubled any more."
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.
'Oh, Mahbub Ali, but am I a Hindu?' said Kim in English.
Give me a rupee, Mahbub Ali, and when I come to my wealth I will give thee a bond and pay.'
'We go to Benares,' said the lama, as soon as he understood the drift of Mahbub Ali's questions.
Ali alone was present to wait at table, and acquitted himself so admirably, that the guest complimented his host thereupon.
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.