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CHAP.

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passages of Scripture, where mention is made
of a custom among Oriental women of “ putting
the eyes in painting ;and which our English
Translators of the Bible', unable to reconcile
with their notions of a female toilet, have
rendered “ painting the face.Whether the in-
teresting conversation to which the observance
of this custom gave rise, or any other cause,
prevented the Consul from informing us of an
order of the Pasha, is now of no moment; but it
was after the hour of eight when we left his hos-

pitable mansion to return on board the Romulus;
Attack and Djezzar had decreed that no boat should
made upon
the Long- pass the bar of the inner harbour after that hour.
boat of the The crew of the long-boat were pulling stoutly
Romulus.

for the ship, when, just as we were rowing
beneath the tower of the battery that guards
the inner harbour, a volley of large stones
came like cannon-shot upon us from above,
dashed the oars from the hands of our sailors,
and wounded three of them severely. It was
very fortunate that none of their brains were
beat out, for some of the stones weighed several
pounds. The cries of our wounded men gave
us the first alarm ; and presently another volley
drove us back with all possible speed towards

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(1) 2 Kings, ix. 30. “ And when Jehu was come to Jezreel, Jezebel heard of it, and she painted her face, and tired her head,” &c.

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CHAP.

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the shore. Not one of us who sat in the stern
of the boat received any injury. Captain
Culverhouse, and Mr. Loudon, Purser of the
Romulus, ran for the Consul : the rest of us
rushed into the ground-floor of the watch-tower
whence the attack proceeded : it was a kind of
guard-room. The author, being the foremost
of the party, observed a man in the very act of
descending from the tower into this place,
evidently in some agitation. Having seized
him by the collar, a struggle ensued : the other
Arabs attempted to rescue him, and a general
confusion prevailed, in the midst of which the
Consul and Captain Culverhouse entered the
place. It was some time before any order
could be restored : our party were determined
not to give up the culprit we had secured ; but
the Consul knowing him, and undertaking to be
responsible for his appearance when called for,
we retired, and went on board the Romulus.

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The next morning, word was brought to the ship, that unless the Captain went on shore, the man would be put to death. We accompanied him to the Consul's house, and met the Pasha's interpreter ; but found that the whole was a fabrication ; no notice had been taken of the event, and Djezzar was yet ignorant of the circumstance. Upon this, Captain Culverhouse

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CHAP.

III.

the Pasha.

returned to his ship, and sent the author to
inform the Pasha, that he should be compelled
to have recourse to other measures, if the
insult offered to his Majasty's flag were not pro-
perly noticed ; and that he would go no more on

shore until this was done. Determined, thereAppeal to fore, that Djezzar should have due information

of the outrage, the author took with him the
stones which were found in the long-boat, tied
in a sack; one of the wounded sailors, and a
midshipman, being ordered to accompany him.
Signor Bertocino met them upon the shore,
saying that it was the hour when Djezzar
always slept; that it would be certain death
to any one of his slaves who should wake him :
and having earnestly entreated every one of
the party not to venture to the palace, he
declined acting as interpreter. The author
resolved therefore to make the matter known to
the Pasha without his aid; and ascended the
staircase of the seraglio, towards the door of the
apartment where Djezzar had always received
his guests. This he found to be shut. The
guards, mute, or whispering, began their signs
as the party advanced, telling them not to make

The young midshipman, however,
as well as the author, began to knock at the
door, and immediately every one of the guards
fled. It was some time before any notice was

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CHAP.

III.

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during the repose he took in the day.

taken of this summons; but at length the door be compels was opened by a slave, employed in driving

flies from the Pasha's face during his sleep, and were not

who always remained with him, in the outer
apartment of his charem, for this purpose,

This
man, after putting his finger to his lips, pushed
the author and his companions from the passage,
saying, Heida! heida, Djour! Hist! hist !
that is to say, Begone, begone, Infidel! Hush!
hush !” They then called loudly for Djezzar ;
and presently heard the murmuring of the old
Pasha's voice in the inner apartment, somewhat
milder than the growling of a bear roused from
his repose, calling for his slave.

As soon as he had been told the cause of the disturbance, he ordered the party to be admitted. The author presented himself foremost, with his sack of stones; and understanding enough of Arabic to comprehend Djezzar when he asked what was the matter, untied the cloth, and rolled the stones before him upon the floor ; shewing him, at the same time, the seaman's broken shins and wounded shoulder. Bertocino was now loudly called for by the Pasha, and, of course, compelled to make his appearance ; Djezzar making signs to the author and to the young officer to remain seated by him until his Interpreter arrived. As soon as Bertocino had

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CHAP.

III.

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placed himself, as usual, upon his knees, by
the Pasha's side, and informed him of the cause
of this visit, an order was given to one of the
attendants, to bring the Captain of the Guard
instantly into Djezzar's presence.
came : it appeared that his absence from his
post the preceding evening had given occasion
to the attack made upon the long-boat; some of
the fanatic Arabs thinking it a fine opportunity
to strike a blow at a party of Infidels. Nothing
could exceed the expression of fury visible in
Djezzar's countenance at this intelligence. It
might have been said of him, as of Nebuchad-
nezzar,

« THE FORM
CHANGED.” Drawing his dagger, he beckoned
the officer,--as Bertocino trembling said, " Now
you will be satisfied !What,” said the author,
“is he going to do?To put to death that poor
man,added he: and scarcely were the words
uttered, than the author, being more terrified
than any of the party, caught hold of Djezzar's
arm; the midshipman adding also his entreaties,
and every one earnestly supplicating pardon for
the poor victim. All that could be obtained
was, permission from the Pasha to have the
punishment suspended until Captain Culverhouse
was informed of the circumstance, who, coming
on shore, saved the man's life; but nothing
could prevail upon Djezzar to grant him a free

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