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herceremony, put it to death. He then dissected it; and havingtaken from it the liver, and the skin off its nose, burnt it inthe pile we had made; and when all was over, carefullycollected the ashes, which having JDacked in a corner of hishandkerchief, we proceeded on our journey. We reached Ispahan in due time, where I exchanged suchparts of my dress as belonged to the luti for the garb of adervish, and then we proceeded to Tehran. Here my mastersappearance produced great effect; for no sooner was it knownthat he was arrived, than all sorts of people flocked to consulthim. Mothers wanted protection for their children againstthe evil eye; wives a spell against the jealousy of theirhusbands ; warriors talismans to secure them from harm inbattle. But the ladies of the kings seraglio were his principalcustomers. Their most urgent demand was some powerfulcharm to ensure the attention of the kinj,;. The collection ofmaterials for this purpose, which the Ucrvish Bideen had 53 4 ^<. \M /_
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7-^^ dervisli slays the aj>e. THE ADVENTURES OF HAJJI BABA made, was very great. He had the hairs of a lynx, the back-bone of an owl, and bears grease in various preparations. Toone of the ladies, who, owing to her advanced age, was morepressing than the others, he sold the liver of my monkey,assuring her, that as soon as she appeared, wearing it abouther person, his majesty would distinguish her from her rivals.To another, who complained that she was never in favour, andfrustrated in all her schemes to attract notice, he administereda decoction of the monkeys ashes ; and to a third, who wanteda charm to drive away wrinkles, he gave an ointment, which,if properly applied, and provided she did not laugh, or other-wise move the muscles of her face, would effectually keepthem smooth. I was initiated into all these mysteries, and frequentlywas a party concerned in a fraud, whenever my master wasput to the necessity of doing something supernatural to supporthis credit, if by chance his
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