Puppets

Strolling among the puppets

In the future, after I was strolling among the many puppets of Saint Irene, some troopers adopted me spherical. They had been deeply fascinated by all that they noticed, and finally grew to become fascinated by me. Two or three of them addressed me in Turkish, which alas! I couldn’t perceive. I gathered, nonetheless, that they had been significantly explaining the puppets to me, and had been giving me details about the Janissaries, and Orchan, who was the founding father of that well-known corps. I responded in addition to I might with gestures, which appeared to fulfill them, for they stored shut beside me, and one, a huge fellow with pugnacious mustaches, often touched my arm, and as soon as even took me by the hand to attract my consideration to a gaggle which he specifically admired. All this was carried out with gravity and dignity, and with a childlike lack of self-consciousness. We parted glorious associates. I distributed cigarettes, which had been obtained with smiling gratitude, and went on my approach to Seraglio Level, realizing that there’s reality within the saying that each Turk is a gentleman.

Seraglio Level I discovered many extra troopers

Upon Seraglio Level I discovered many extra troopers, resting in teams by the sting of the ocean, upon the waste floor that lies on the foot of the partitions, past the pleasant deserted glades which might be left to run wild and to shelter the birds. If you happen to want to perceive one thing of the curious indifference that hangs, like moss, in regards to the Turk, go to Seraglio Level. There, nearly in Stamboul, is among the most fantastically located bits of land on the earth. Although actually a part of an awesome metropolis, a lot of it has not been constructed upon. Among the many bushes on the ridge, seeking to Marmora and Asia, to the Bosporus and the palaces, to the Golden Horn, Galata, and Pera, lie the numerous buildings and courts of the Outdated Seraglio, fairy-like of their wooden. The snowy cupolas, the minarets, and towers look ideally Japanese. They recommend romantic and careless lives, cradled in luxurious and ease. In that white imaginative and prescient one may dream away the times, watching from afar the pageant of the town and the seas, listening to from afar the faint voices of the nations, listening to unusual and monotonous music, toying with espresso and rose- leaf jam within the jewel-like Kiosk of Bagdad, and dreaming, at all times dreaming. There as soon as the Sultan dwelt within the Eski Serai, which exists not, and there was constructed the good Summer season Palace, which was inhabited by Suleiman I, and by his successors. Hidden within the Outdated Seraglio there are a lot of treasures, amongst them the magnificent Persian throne, which is roofed with gold and jewels. Past this uncared for wonder-world the woods lengthen towards the waters; hanging woods by the ocean—and the Turks care nothing about them. One might not wander via them; one might not sit in them; one might solely have a look at them, and lengthy to lose oneself of their darkness and silence, to fade of their secret recesses. The Turk leaves them alone, to rot or to flourish, as Allah and Nature will it.

Santa Sophia

Close to Santa Sophia in the Seraglio grounds

Near Santa Sophia within the Seraglio grounds is the previous Byzantine Church of Saint Irene, now painted an unpleasant pink, and utilized by the Turks as an armory and museum. It accommodates many spoils taken by the Turks in battle, that are fastidiously organized upon tables and partitions. Nothing is disdained, nothing is taken into account too paltry for exhibition. I noticed there flags riddled with bullets; however I noticed additionally odd boots taken from Italian troopers in Tripoli; caps, belts, water-bottles, blood-stained tunics and cloaks, saddles, weapons, and buttons. Amongst relics from Yildiz Kiosk was a set of furnishings which as soon as belonged to Abdul Hamid, and which he’s stated to have set a lot retailer by. It exhibits a really distinctive, certainly a considerably unique style, being manufactured from purple plush and weapons. The legs of the tables and chairs are weapons and revolvers. As I seemed on the chairs I couldn’t assist questioning whether or not ambassadors have been invited to take a seat in them, after that they had been loaded to their muzzles, or whether or not they have been reserved for topics whom the ex-Sultan suspected of treachery. Close to them have been a number of of Abdul Hamid’s favourite walking-sticks containing revolvers, a cane with an electrical gentle let into the knob, his inkstand, the mother-of-pearl revolver which was present in his pocket, and the handkerchief which fell from his hand when he was taken prisoner by the Younger Turks, who’ve since introduced their nation to break.

In a sequence of galleries

In a sequence of galleries, beneath arches and ceilings of yellow and white, stands, sits, reclines, and squats, in Japanese style, a wierd inhabitants of puppets, dressed within the costumes of the bygone centuries throughout which Turkey has dominated in Europe. These fearful ex-Christians, the Janissaries, who have been scourges of Christianity, look very gentle now as they stand fatuously collectively, not both Christian or Mussulman however fatally Madame Tussaud. As soon as they tucked up their coats to battle for the “Father” who had ravished them away from their fathers in blood. Now, even the depraved man, who flees when nobody pursueth, may scarcely worry them. Close to them the chief eunuch, a plump and piteous gentleman, reclines absurdly upon his divan, holding his massive black pipe, and obsequiously at-tended by a bearded dwarf in purple, and by a skinny aide-de-camp in inexperienced. The Sheikh-ul-Islam bends beneath the coiled dignity of his monstrous turban; a very lifelike previous man, with a curved grey beard and a inexperienced and white turban, reads the Koran perpetually; and troopers with faces manufactured from some sub-stance that appears like plaster return blankly the gaze of the various actual troopers who go to this curious present.

Sweet wife

“ What shall I do, sweet wife ? ” he asks.

” Pray to God,” she replies. “ You pray so usually on behalf ot others and your prayers are heard. Now for as soon as consider your self and me.”

“ I don’t fairly comply with,” noticed Chanina.

“ I imply,” she replies, “ that it is best to ask

the great God to allow you to get pleasure from on this world one thing of that which is laid up for the righteous and pious on the planet to return. Certainly God will take pity on us. and listen to your petition and reply you.”

Chanina cherished his spouse very dearly, it pained him to see her face pinched by starvation. He subsequently resolved to do as she had requested him. He arose and turned his face to the wall of his room and prayed with real devotion.

No sooner had he concluded his prayer than he heard a wierd noise outdoors his window. He went to see what was the matter, and behold ! there was a hand coining from the heavens, bringing to him a golden leg of a golden desk. He stretched forth his hand and took it. He known as his wiie to see what God had despatched to them in reply to his prayer.

This can be a nice miracle ! ” she cried. “ You may promote this heavy piece of gold, and with the cash you’ll have sufficient to buy all we want so long as we dwell. What extra do we would like ? ”

Sure,” mentioned Chanina. “ that’s the query.”

“ What do you imply ? ” she requested.

“ I imply.” he replied, “ what can be our fortune within the hereafter ? ”

“ Good husband,” she responded. “ God will

not sutler those that love Him and hold His Holy Regulation to need on the planet to return. Allow us to be blissful now, and depart the long run world to deal with itself.”

“ So be it,” he added.

That night time the spouse of Chanina

That night time the spouse of Chanina had a wierd dream. It appeared to her that she was carried far-off even into Heaven. The imaginative and prescient of Paradise on the planet to return was then revealed to her gaze. She noticed not solely the great Israelites, but in addition all of the pious and all of the righteous of all nations and religions, sitring in bliss and contentment, each at somewhat golden desk. Every desk had tnree legs. She continued to look Floor, and lo ! within the centre of Paradise sat her beloved husband, Chanina. He sat at a desk which swayed from side to side, for she observed that it solely had two legs.

Palace gates

The palace gates and doors

The palace gates and doorways had been thrown huge open and the sensible servants had been introduced earlier than the king. He acquired them with heat and hearty greetings. “ Proper welcome are ye,” he cries ; “ come and sit at my desk, for ye are the primary to reach. Nay, I do know that ye have been ready for a lot of hours to be admitted. 1 am delighted to see you, and I discover how splendidly you’ve got ready yourselves for the feast.”

After that they had taken their locations on the king’s desk the wine and meat had been positioned earlier than them, they usually started to partake thereof.

After some time the opposite company had been ushered iuto the king’s presence. They had been unwashed, their hair uncombed, their clothes dirty and soiled. What do I see ? ” cried the king in a livid mood. “ Are ye not totally ashamed of yourselves to return on this sensible earlier than your king, your grasp ? Is that this the way you put together yourselves for a royal banquet ? You certainly can not count on me to take a seat down with you if you end up in such a situation. All I can do is to allow you to look on whereas my good servants at my desk benefit from the banquet, and when now we have left the desk you’ll be able to devour the remnants. I rejoice that a few of my servants are considerate and have ready themselves in time for my summons. As for you, who’re so silly and careless, I’m vexed together with your indijference, however as you’re the ones who will endure—ror you’ll be able to solely stay up for the chilly remnants—I trill pardon you this time, and pray bear in mind to be all the time ready for the decision of your king. Who is aware of when it might come ? ”

A Dream of Paradise

He went to see what was the matter,

Within the first century of the frequent period there lived a well-known Rabbi in Palestine named the good RabbaD Joehanan ben Zakkai. lake so lots of the Rabbis, Chanina lived in abject poverty. It was mentioned of him: “ The entire world is susta’ned by the piety and benefit of Chanina,” but he had barely ample for the wants of his every day life. He was married, and his good spouse did her greatest to cover their poverty. After all, neither the Rabbi nor his spouse would beg. They might not even settle for guts from their buddies.

In the future the wite requested Chanina in a delicate and loving voice : “ Inform me, pricey Chanina. how lengthy lets proceed to endure this humiliating poverty ? ”

King command

The king commanded silence and he arose to speak

“ Good servants, you’re my friends and I’m completely satisfied to see you right here. A few of you, I remorse to study, aren’t very completely satisfied to be right here. They complain concerning the seating preparations. In reply 1 really feel it essential to reprimand these of you who’ve introduced unseemly issues in my lovely palace. Blocks of wooden, bins, stones, and such like are misplaced within the saloon of a king. I didn’t carry them right here, but I’m blamed for the need of consolation a few of you are actually experiencing. The fault is totally your personal. As a substitute of blaming me it’s best to blame yourselves. Have you ever not heard of the previous proverb : ‘ Within the place the place the tree falleth, there it shall be ’ ? (Eccles. xi. three). ‘ As a person maketh his chair, so should he sit thereon.’ ” The friends then held their peace, lor every one realised that his consolation or discomlort was totally on account of his personal conduct. The banquet got here to an finish and the king dismissed his friends.

After an interval the king once more despatched the next message to all his servants : “ I intend at some future date to offer a banquet. I shall be most completely satisfied to have you ever all as my friends. I anticipate you to arrange yourselves in a turning into method; each one ought to bathe and anoint himseli, costume in his finest gaiments and be prepared to satisfy me in my palace.” The date was not mounted when the banquet was to happen. The smart servants of the king instantly went dwelling and ready themselves for the royal banquet. They even went to the courtyard of the palace in order to not be late on the feast. They mentioned to 1 one other: “ Is it doubtless that, our royal grasp will lack something requisite for the banquet ? He owns flocks and vineyards, and he absolutely is able to feast with us at any second.”

Among the servants had been thought-less

Among the servants, nonetheless, had been thought-less, and went about their day by day work. It appeared however pure to them that, if the Iring had not mounted the date of his banquet, it was owing to the truth that he was not ready, and wouldn’t most likely be so for a while to return. Nice was their shock at even to listen to the king’s summons to return there after which to the banquet. “ What was to be carried out ? ” they requested the royal messenger. He replied: “ Come without delay, whilst you now are.”

Husband

She awoke in a terrible fright and called to her husband

“ What’s flawed, candy spouse ? ” cried he.

I’ve had,” she replied- “ a really horrible dream.”

When he had heard it, he requested her : “ Is it agreeable to you to suppose that everyone in Paradise ought to be comfy with their golden tables set earlier than them, and that we alone ought to have the misfortune of getting a rickety desk,

which can not stand firmly as a result of it solely has two legs ? ”

“ No, no ! ” she cries.

“ What we could do, then ? ” he asks.

‘‘ Pray at onc.e, dearest husband,” she replies ; ” beseech God to take again the golden leg of our desk in Paradise. Much better will it’s for us to need on this world in order that we could benefit from the bliss of the longer term world in peace and contentment.”

Rabbi Chanins once more arose and turned his face to the wall. He prayed as his spouse had bidden him. Then he stood on the window, the place he noticed a hand from Heaven earlier than him. He fetched the golden leg, and it was taken away by the hand past.

(‘hanina and his spouse re juiced greater than ever after they now not possessed the golden leg. They instructed the miracle to their mates, who ex-claimed : “ This second marvel is certainly extra marvellous than the primary marvel; it’s the rule of Windfall to bestow items, however to not take them again.”

A Simply King

Jew two males carrying one thing on their shoulders

In the course of the Center Ages there have been very many Jews in Spain. The kings typically employed them as Ministers of State, physicians and bankers. This triggered jealousy and ill-feeling amongst sure lessons of the Gentile inhabitants. The ill-feeling and jealousy sometimes gave rise to false accu-sations towards the Jews. It as soon as occurred hearsay was unfold by two non-Jews to the impact that that they had handed by means of the Ghetto, the place the Jews lived, they usually noticed a Gentile mendacity useless within the doorway ot a home of a Jew, Leon by identify. The hearsay was adopted up by a looking out investigation by the police, who really louud the corpse in Leon’s doorway.

The incident was reported directly to the king, who summoned to his presence the witnesses. He cross-examined them, they usually acknowledged : “ Final night time we noticed the wealthy Gentile, whose physique has been discovered by the police, walling in direction of the Ghetto. He most likely needed to settle some enterprise with the rich Jew banker, Leon. We adopted, and we have been startled to listen to horrible screams. After a second all was nonetheless. We hurried alongside to see what had occurred, and we have been shocked to search out the corpse in Leon’s doorway.”

Precious gift

Receiving a more precious gift

You might be worthy of receiving a extra treasured present, tor you may have appreciated what I’ve given you.” Then it was the flip ot the silly servants to come back earlier than the king. ” What is that this,” cried he in an offended tone, “ that I see ? How dare you enter my palace in dirty clothes ? You insult me by showing earlier than me in your stained and filthy coats. Get ye therefore directly and betake yourselves to our royal wash-house, and take care to cleanse the coats I gave you. When you may have completely washed them you’ll have to see to it that they’re dried and ironed, after which it’s essential to come once more and produce them to me. I do know not now whether or not I shall have the ability to settle for them. I definitely shall not be inclined to change them for higher coats, since you may have despised my items. I really feel very harm that you shouldn’t have had the great sense to treasure what I, your king, gave you. In truth, I should ship you to jail as a punishment, fur it’s treason to carry kingiy items in mild esteem. Watch out in future and don’t offend once more.” With these phrases the king dismissed his silly servants, who left his presence with downcast heads, ashamed of their dirty clothes and of their ingratitude.

The king despatched one other message

Alter a protracted whereas the king despatched one other message to all his servants, saying that on the subsequent new moon day he would give a banquet and he desired all of them to be his visitors; there was a situation, nonetheless, that every one ought to deliver his personal chair or stool, or anything as an alternative, On the day appointed the king’s servants got here to the, palace, and each introduced one thing to take a seat on, both a stool or a chair, or a few cushions, or a block of wooden or a field. A number of even introduced various massive stones. The king regarded on with a smile on his face and instructed the corporate to be seated on no matter they’d introduced. The banquet was exceedingly nicely served, and its period appeared unduly extended to a few of the visitors. All those that had introduced snug chairs and stools appeared very happy, however the servants who had been foolish sufficient to deliver stones and blocks of wooden started to grouse as a result of they had been most uncomfortable. “ Is it fairly good for a king to have visitors and to not present correct seats ? ” they requested each other. “ Is it the, right factor for a king to permit his visitors to take a seat on such seats as a few of us are actually utilizing ? ” they inquired of the king’s chamberlain. He conveyed their query to his royal grasp.