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servants and others, walking and sitting up to us, and, with a kind nod, be handed about. None of them spoke to us. They me a large bag. neither welcomed us, nor did they conde! “Here," he said “is your money. It's tbs scend to ask where we came from, and on whole of a Kesa,* and here is a Teskera, if what business! At length the urchin to you should stand in need of it." whom we had spoken before made his ap- I gave him my best thanks, and asked pearance, and told us to tie the horses to a when he would require me to return the post, and take a seat in Ahmed Beg's parlor. money. He led the way into a dark apartment, ' “ If it were mine own," replied Ahmed lighted the fire on the hearth-stone, and a Beg, “I would say, give it back when most torch of fir-wood in the centre of the room; convenient. But I have just borrowed it and having performed these domestic func from my neighbor, Sefir-Aga, and he will tions, he retired, silent as a dumb-waiter. want it in autumn."
We were now at leisure to examine the I held out my hand. He took it, and the place. The room was clean and airy. It affair was concluded in the true Turkish had an old discolored piece of carpet by manner, without bond, or indeed a single way of hearth-rug, and a heap of clean straw scratch of the pen. and blankets in a corner. A small cask of We had breakfast, and a deal of informaexquisite tobacco, and a choice collection of tion and advice. Thus prepared for the chibuks, or pipes, completed the list of the journey, we took leave of our host, and, witb rest of the furniture.
a large crowd of little Turks yelling and “This air of Bosnia," said I, “has Turki. shouting at our heels, we proceeded in the fied us. Here we sit staring and moping, direction of Jasenica. and why? We are not prisoners, surely, We passed over a forest-covered plait, and if it so pleases us, we can go back.” broken here and there by fine meadows and
" I say, Swaby,” said Staniza, “methinks fields of maize. Hares and rabbits crossed thou art afraid."
our road ; the bushes were alive. The air “ Afraid !" cried Richard, to whom this was so pure, and the greenwood so fresh, soft impeachment was applied, "what is melodious, and merry, that, recollecting the there to be afraid of ?”
nursery tales of Turks and Pagans, and their "Never mind, dragi, (my dear,) I know doings, I could not, for the life of me, believe you. You are bold-spoken, but-"
that we were really and truly on Turkish “ The Swabçad is not a nation of cowards,” ground. Besides, we saw no human biped said I to Staniza, “and my friend is less who might have recalled me to a sense of afraid than disgusted. The Swabe travel my situation. After a hard ride of six hours, with great comfort, and—”.
we crossed the Irna, a small river, but full “I know all about it, Doctor. They have of falls and rapids ; on the opposite bank coaches and plenty of money."
we dismounted, and turned the horses away “ Just so. Now we have no coaches and to graze in the forest. A gigantic oak was no money." Staniza nodded. In another selected as the most convenient place for moment Ahmed Beg entered with a hearty | our bivouac, and Stauiza produced our pro Selamun aleikümün. His presence changed visions from the gaudy-colored Bisago A the aspect of the place. Coffee was brought capital caterer he proved himself to be, this in. We sat and smoked the most precious unchristened Staniza. There was a ham, 2 tobacco, and drank solid hot mokka from the lamb, roasted whole, a large cake, and a smallest cups imaginable. While we smoked cutura filled with black Dalmatian sine. A and drank, we were grave, thoughtful, and six hours' ride over Turkish plains and silent, in the true Oriental fashion.
through forests, and the fresh, racy spring At length I spoke. I informed Ahmed air, is the very thing to prepare one for such Beg of our intentions, and asked him for a repast. We enjoyed our pic-nic amazingly. funds. He said neither yes nor no; but told We ate, and joked, and drank, until, sudus of his journey to Bijelastjena, where he denly turning round, I remarked a Turk had transacted some business with the squatted down at my elbow. I stared at Kadija. Early in the morning Ahmed Beg stepped |
the new-comer, who scarcely returned the “ Did he give you a Teskera ?" compliment. He smoked his pipe with ex This question was uttered with peculiar emplary gravity; until, noticing the remains emphasis, and accompanied by a very searchof our dinner, he dropped his chibuk, drew ing glance. his knife, and coolly helped himself to a He did,” said Staniza. "Shall I show slice of roast lamb.
thee the Teskera ?" "Do you like it, komiga ?”—that is to say, “ Hm! No! Ahmed Beg is of our party. neighbor-said I.
Why should I see it ?" “ Your bread is good.”
Show it him!” said Stapiza ; and I pro“ Take another piece, then.”
duced the paper, with its crabbed Turkish He took another piece, and another; and, characters. having finished his repast, he said “Horala!" “ It is well !” said the Turk. “I will -thanks.
go with you to Jasenica ; I can confide in There was a lengthened pause. Question you." and answer is, indeed, essential in Turkish “ Where is thy horse ?” conversational etiquette.
• It is at home. Your way lies past my “ Whither are you going ?" said our new Konak." friend, at length.
Saying which he rose and disappeared in “ To Jasenica.
the forest. “Hm!”
“He has confidence in us," said I,“ but I There was another long pause.
am not quite sure whether we can return “ You cannot reach it this day. It is late him the compliment." now, and there is no moonlight."
“Sveta ti Vjera, covjece !" replied Staniza. “Hm! This is bad.”
" Why should not one man be trusted by “Hm !"
three? Think you a Turk has two tongues Another pause.
in one mouth like a Swaba? Are we not " Have you met men who were journeying armed? Whom I trust, you may surely towards Krupa ?”
confide in. Saddle your horses and let us “No!"
be goue !" “ Hm!”
We proceeded on our road, and were soon In this instance there was a remarkably afterwards overtaken by Jusuf. Staniza and long pause.
Richard led the way, and I followed with “ Ele Jusuf !” said Staniza at last, “ me- Jusuf, partly for the purpose of watching thinks you are going to Krupa !"
him, and partly because my horse, on which No, Stara lisice,” (old fox,) replied Jusuf, Staniza had been pleased to pack all our " for once you are in the wrong. I saw you, luggage, seemed almost unequal to the and came down from my Konak.”
double burden. Neither of the party spoke Staniza laughed.
for some hours. All of a sudden-bang ! “ You honor us much ?" said he. I did went the report of a musket, and close to not think you would stir for our sakes." my side too. Staniza taking a pistol from Jusuf smiled.
his belt, turned upon the Turk; who, as I Listen, old giour!” said he, “ wilt thou now saw, had dismounted, and discharged swear on thy book to give an honest answer his piece at an enormous eagle, which sat on to an honest question ?"
a tree by the road-side. He had evidently " Boga mi !—my answer shall be as honest hit it, for the feathers were flying about. as thy question.”
Seeing this Staniza fired at the bird, which “ Evala !" said the Turk. “Tell me from came down with a plaintive cry, flapping whence did you come this day.”
the ground with its enormous wings in so “ From Jarak."
furious a manner, that Staniza and Jusuf “Hm !-Did you see Ahmed Beg ?" thought it proper to keep at a respectful “ We slept in his house."
distance. But Richard, a keen sportsman, “ Hm !"
intended evidently to deal with the eagle as “ Did he give you orders for the Capitan he would have done with a partridge, or of Jasenica ?”
black cock. He stooped to take it up, but “No!"
the very next moment he measured his
length on the ground. The eagle had hit “What are you doing here ?" said a young bim in the face.
Turk, in the Padisha's coat. “ Ludi Kriste!" (Stupid Christian !) said “We are on our road to Jasenica,” replied Jusuf to my discomfited friend. “I was not Jusuf dogmatically, “and it is here we pass afraid ; and now thou knowest why I stood the night.” aloof from the bird.”
At this juncture another Turk joined the The wounded eagle had ineanwhile breath- conversation. ed its last. Jusuf and Staniza plucked the “ Ah !” said he, “this is Stapiza, the old largest feathers, and fastened them to their fox. Tell us, why didst thou creep from thy bridles.
cave ?" “ Do you know, Ture,” said Staniza, “Did you not hear it?" said Staniza. “We “ whom I thought of shooting with my are going to Jasenica. It's nothing to you,
I hope." " I saw it,” said the Turk.
“ And who are these fellows ?" said the “ The eagle's feathers which flew about young soldier, with a significant look at my face, saved you. Had it not been for Richard and myself. them, even your Prophet would not have " They are men, just the same as you and saved your life.”
I," replied Staniza. The Turk was silent.
“Take care, old fellow! I will make you “Didst thou mistake it for a signal ?" said howl for your impertinence." he, after a while.
“ You threaten because you fear !" “I did.”
Saying which, Staniza grasped the handle “ Ludi Lucko," said Jusuf with great of his handjar. scorn. “Dost think me a Christian ?" | Some of the new-comers had, meanwhile,
“Never mind, Ture, don't I know you ?" dismounted. They interfered.
And we moved on, until the darkness of “Leave him alone, Mehmed," said they. the night, and the dense impenetrable under “We know old Staniza ; be is one of ours." wood in our way, convinced us of the use. Their conciliatory efforts produced a temlessness of our effort to reach Jasenica in porary suspension of hostilities. A fresh the course of that night. So we stopped supply of dry wood was thrown on the fire, and looked out for a rosting place in the and the Turks squatted round it. The forest.
chibuks were lighted. Staniza secured the horses, and Jusuf “What is your business in Jasenica ?" lighted a fire, round which we squatted, asked one of the horsemen after a long smoking and dispatching the remains of pause. our dinner, The evening passed very much " We are going to Sarajevo." as an evening in the woods may be expected “ Hm! Have you a Teskera !" to pass, whether it be in Pagan countries or "Most certainly." in Christendom, and as the night grew dark “Show it." and the fire burned with a low and flick The paper was produced, and carefully ering flame, the chibuks dropped from examined by the young officer, who did not, their mouths, and leaning our heads on however, appear much edified by its contente. our knees, we were fast in meditation-or At length he said :sleep.
“ This will not help you on. It is not The neighing of our horses roused us. I from the Porte, it is the Teskera of the intook my pistols, and Richard, with all the surgents." headstrongness of somnolency, insisted on All the Turks started to their feet. being told what was the matter! Staniza, “What !” cried they, "are these rogues of too, got up.
the insurgents' camp!” " I hear the sound of hoofs !” said he. “ Ludi covjece! You fool!" abouted Sta
“ Be quiet! They will be down upon us niza in bis turn. " Is not this Teskera signed in a minute.”
by Ahmed Beg, of Jarak ? And was Ahmed He was right. Almost immediately after-Beg ever known to stand by the insurgents !* wards we were surrounded by a troop of “Who is Ahmed Beg?" said the officer. armed horsemen,
" It is he who, some days ago, gained Bijelastjena for our party. It was he who threats, prayers, and entreaties were alike expelled the old Disjdar from Vranograc.” lost upon them.
“ Hm! But who knows whether it was “Very well,” said he ; " tie me up. I die he who signed this Teskera ?” said the because such is my fate. But let my friends officer.
go their ways." “ Ama !” cried all the Turks, “ thou art “Never mind them," said Mehmed. “I'll right, who knows whether Ahmed Beg ever hang them by thy side." saw this Teskera ?”
This was not a comfortable assurance. "So be it! Who knows whether these The Turks were serious and determined; rogues did not mean to impose upon us ?" they wanted our money. And this desire “ Ama! who knows it !"
of theirs seemed to seal our doom. Still I Upon this the officer whispered to his tried to imitate Staniza's equanimity. I neighbor, and the latter nodded his head. looked at him.
“ Yes !" said the fellow, “they want to “Let me say a word to that little Swaba," impose upon us !"
said Staniza to the Turk who held him, “ Ama! so they do,” roared the whole of and coming up to me, he asked me to the troop in chorus.
purchase my own life and Richard's from One of the captors had long fixed an in the Turks. As for himself, he said, it was tent and earnest gaze upon my friend's his doom, be was prepared to die. The old watch-guard. He now stretched out his man's generosity touched me to the heart, hand, and coolly helped himself to Richard's and with something like a choking sensation watch and chain.
in my throat, I said I would do my best. " Ah!" said the officer. “That's it, is I went up to the officer. it! They are Swabe and spies. Seize "Listen, Turk! We have some money them !"
with us. Let us go away, and it is yours." " They are Swabe !"
“ Hm !" " Let us seize them !"
"I will give you all we have—the mo" What can they want ?”
ney and the watches. Do you understand “ Down with the dogs !"
me po And in an instant we were overpowered “Hm!" How much have you got ?". and disarmed. Resistance was quite out of “I hardly know. But you shall have it the question, for we were three against all as a ransom for us four.” seventeen.
“I believe you. But why shouldst thou "Let them go !” said Jusuf. “ They are give me what is mine already ?” indeed Swabe, but they are peaceable men, “I see !” said I. “Your right is as good and never did you any harm.”
as any other robber's. Take it, and let us “They are Swabe. What an enormity! | go.” What can they want here ?"
“No, I cannot do that.” “Mussa !” said Staniza, addressing one of “Evalah! then take me to Jasenica." the Turks. “I know you well enough, and “Why to Jasenica ?” you know that I am quite as good a Turk “Because there I can give you ten purses as you are."
more, which I lent to Captain Sulejman " Is he a Turk ?”
Effendi, when he was at the Rastell, and—” “ Ama! I have known him these many “ Listen, old man !" said the officer, adyears; be is," replied Mussa.
dressing Staniza. “What man is this Swa“So much the worse for him," said the bo?" officer. “He is one of the insurgents, and “A Doctur.” he shall suffer for it.”
“A Doctur! We want a Doctur l” cried " Ama, let him suffer for it; why should all the Turks. he not ! Let us take him to Jasenica, and “Ama !” said the officer, who had already let the Capitan deal with him as he pleases." | become enamored of the ten purses. “Let
"Jok, by no means !" said the officer. us give the dog his life and take him with " Jok, tie him up on the spot.”
Staniza remained calm and collected. He “I'll go,” said I,“ wherever you like ; but knew the men he had to deal with. Protests, my friends must go along with me.”
* The officer threw a quick glance at bis | were left to follow, without his kind assistmen. His cupidity bad now fairly over- | ance. come his discretion.
The Bimbasha, who officiated in the Capi“Hm! Why should it matter !" said he, tan's absence, sat in the centre of the room, “We are not afraid of four men."
on his crossed legs, smoking. He was a “Evalah! we fear them not !"
gloomy-looking old man; and his eyes, as “Well :-we take these four men to Ja they fed on us, expressed vexation and dissenica."
trust. Staniza and I lighted our pipes, and the “What crime have they committed ?" said officers rifled all our pockets. Day was he at last, looking at the officer. just breaking when the troops sormed, and 1 “None, sir," said I; “none whatever. We we, surrounded by our captors, proceeded were on our road to Sarajewo, and last on our way to Jasenica.
night, in the forest, these people came and “ If the captain hears of this night's pro offered—”. ceedings, know," said the officer, showing Here honest Mehmed interrupted me. me his pistols, “ that all the Sultan's trea “We captured them because they are of sures shall not avail to redeem thy life. the Insurgent party!" Dost thou understand me?"
“Mashallah !" cried I; "this is not true. “ Perfectly !" said I.
Have I not a Teskera from Ahmed Beg
and did not Ahmed Beg expel the Dijdar of We reached Jasenica carly in the after- Vranograc from Bijelastjena ?” noon, and were somewhat displeased with “Show me the Teskera !" said the Bim. its appearance. To speak plainly, the place basha. I handed it to him, and he examined is an abomination of filth and misery; and it carefully. the fortress, or castellated hovel, which “ It is our own Teskera !” said he. “Let bears that pompous title, has the wretched them go! Peace be with them !" tumble-down appearance which struck me Mehmed looked daggers at me, but I as the chief characteristic of all Bosnian defied him: and, turning to the Bimbasha, I architecture. With the exception of those thanked him, in Turkish, having at once eternal dogs, which haunt all Turkish places, understood, from his peculiar accent, that he there was not a single living being visible was not Bosnian born. The sounds of his in the one street of the city. We were own language caused him to brighten up, taken to the captain's Kula, and my honest and he called for coffee and chibuks. friend, the officer, dismounted and entered “ Valah!" said he. “This is the first it. I was afflicted with an uncomfortable time I hear Turkish from a Swaba. Who sensation, when I thought of the Capitan, could bave thought it !" Sulejman Effendi, whom I had never seen, “Valab!" replied I, with rather a strong though I had heard his name mentioned; tinge of conceit, “I understand Turkish and and to whom I had never lent, and much | Arabic.". less given, those ten purses, the offer of “Can you read the Citab ?"* which had saved my life. Saved it! A “ Certainly." fine saving indeed! In a few moments He mused for a time; and then, as if Mehmed must learn that I had imposed struck with a very bright idea, started up, upon his credulity; and he
and ordered one of the soldiers to run for the "May the Lord have mercy upon us !" Hodza, or teacher. “Tell him," added he, ejaculated I, as Mehmed reappeared with “ to bring the Book." the blackest looks imaginable, even for a It was not long before the Hodza made bis Turk.
appearance. He stooped low before the “Confound you, Swaba!" said he. “Su. Bimbasha. lejman Effendi is gone to Pridor. He went “Ama!" said that potentate; "hand the yesterday !"
Book to the little giour; he will sing to us." “Hmi did I send him ?" said I, breathing The pious man, looking at me with a more freely.
curious mixture of hatred, scorn, and envy, He collared me, and dragged me up the steep stairs. Jusuf, Staniza, and Richard |
That is to say, the Coran.