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Page 82 - Moakkeed, reported the difficulty to the Kady; and so perplexed the greybearded dealer in law and justice by the intricacy of the case, that, after several hours of deep thought, the judge confessed he could not come to a decision, and proposed to report upon the subject to the Kaid, advising that a meeting of the local authorities should be called. 'For in truth,' said the Kady, 'I perceive that the urgency of this matter is great.
Page 83 - Kaffir trod, and whitewash the walls near which he passed. " The Christian was now sent for, and told what was required of him ; and he was expressly commanded to take off his shoes and stockings on entering the Jamaa. "'That I won't,' said the stout little watchmaker ; ' I never took them off when I entered the chapel of the most " Holy Virgin," and here he crossed himself devoutly, and I won't take them off in the house of your prophet.
Page 82 - The kaid entered feelingly into all the difficulty of the case, and forthwith summoned the other authorities to his porch, where various propositions were put forward by the learned members of the council. One proposed to abandon the clock altogether ; another would lay down boards over which the infidel might pass without touching the sacred floor ; but this was held not to be a sufficient safeguard ; and it was finally decided to pull up that part of the pavement on which the Kaffer trod, and whitewash...
Page 83 - Mueddin, who had hitherto been silent, craved permission to speak. The kaid and the kady nodded their assent. " If," said the venerable priest, " the mosque be out of repair, and lime and bricks have to be conveyed into the interior for the use of the masons, do not itsst's carry those loads, and do not they enter with their shoes on ?" " You speak truly,
Page 81 - Kebeer" the great mosque at Tangier, being much out of order, needed some skilful craftsman to repair it. None, however, of the " Faithful " were competent to the task, nor could they even discover what part of the machinery was deranged, though many put forth their opinions with great pomp and authority...
Page 84 - Then," said the Mueddin, " let the Christian go in shod as a donkey would do, and come out like a donkey." The argument of the Mueddin was unanimously applauded. In the character of a donkey, therefore, did the Christian enter the Mahomedan temple, mended the clock — not indeed at all like a donkey — but as such, in the opinion of
Page 81 - ... with great pomp and authority ; among the rest one man gravely declared that a Jin, or evil genius, had in all probability taken up its abode within the clock. Various exorcisms were accordingly essayed, sufficient, as every true believer supposed, to have expelled a legion of devils ; yet all in vain, the clock continued dumb. * " A Christian clockmaker,
Page 82 - Kady,* and so perplexed the grey-bearded dealer in law and justice by the intricacy of the case, that, after several hours of deep thought, the Judge confessed he could not come to a decision, and proposed to report upon the subject to the Kaid, advising that a meeting of the local authorities should be called. " For, in truth," said the Kady, ' ' I perceive that the urgency of this matter is great.
Page 84 - No, in truth," all replied. " Then," said the Mueddin, " let the Christian go in shod as a donkey would do, and come out like a donkey.
Page 72 - ... judgment which is to decide the fate of the deceased. At every moment the bearers are changed, because every one wishes to participate in this act of mercy. On the way they all sing verses from the koran, in the tune of re ut, re ut. When they arrive at the burial ground, they make a short prayer; the corpse is then put into the grave without a coffin, and placed in the ground a little on one side, so that the face may look towards Mecca. The right hand is put to the ear of the same side, as...