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You may copy it, give it away or re-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License included with this eBook or online at www.gutenberg.org Title: Halima And The Scorpions 1905 Author: Robert Hichens Release Date: November 8, 2007 [EBook #23414] Language: English Character set encoding: ISO-8859-1 *** START OF THIS PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK HALIMA AND THE SCORPIONS *** Produced by David Widger HALIMA AND THE SCORPIONS By Robert Hichens Frederick A.
Stokes Company Publishers Copyright, 1905 In travelling about the world one collects a number of those trifles of all sorts, usually named -curiosities,- many of them worthless if it were not for the memories they recall.
The other day I was clearing out a bureau before going abroad, and in one of the drawers I came across a hedgehog’s foot, set in silver, and hung upon a tarnished silver chain. I picked it up in the Sahara, and here is its history. ***** Mohammed El Ad Ben Ali Tidjani, marabout of Tamacine, is a great man in the Sahara Desert.
His reputation for piety reaches as far as Tunis and Algiers, to the north of Africa, and to the uttermost parts of the Southern Desert, even to the land of the Touaregs.
He dwells in a sacred village of dried mud and brick, surrounded by a high wall, pierced with loopholes, and ornamented with gates made of palm wood, and covered with sheets of iron.
In his mansion, above the entrance of which is written -L’Entre de Sidi Lad,- are clocks innumerable, musical boxes, tables, chairs, sofas, and even framed photographs.
Negro servants bow before him, wives, brothers, children, and obsequious hangers-on of various nationalities, black, bronze, and _caf au lait_ in colour, offer him perpetual incense.
Rich worshippers of the Prophet and the Prophet’s priests send him pre...

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