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How ! he returns not one's word who speaks with him ? —and what think you Khalil, it is a good air ? "-' Hmm, the flies are very thick ! and went you in the pilgrimage to the Holy City (Jerusalem) ? " —" Twice or thrice, and to J. " The Emir asked, " And have they riches ? " The Emir rose, and taking his sandals, all the people stood up with him,—he beckoned them to be seated still, and went out to the plantation. In the time of his absence there was silence in all the company ; when he returned he sat down again without ceremony.

The dominion of the Sherif. Gog and Magog. The Rdb'a el-Khdly. Tayif is in fear of the Muscov. The Koreysh. Set out to ride to Jidda. " A love-sick sherif. A renowned effigy. The maiden's mountain. New dates. The Wady Fatima. Tropical plants. The shovel-plough. Another Harra. Bee-hive-like cottages. The Tehama heat. A rich man in both worlds. Mecca-country civil life and hospitality. A word of S'aud Ibn S'aud when he besieged Jidda. A thaif-Ullah. A poor negro's hospitality. End of the Fatima valley.

The princely families. The Prince Mohammed childless. " Abd el-Aziz the orphan child of Telal, and his half-brother Bunder's orphan. Secret miseries of Princes. The family of Abeyd. A song of Abeyd. Abeyd could be generous. Fahd. The poor distracted soul sells his daughter to his father Abeyd. Feyd. Sleyman. Abdullah. Wealth of Abeyd's family. Hamud's daughter. The government of Ibn Rashid. Beginning of the Shammar state. By some the Emir is named Zdlim, a tyrant. A tale of Metaab's government.

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