A Tar of the Old School

A Tar of the Old School

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1900 edition. Excerpt: ...sat down close by. Then he took a silver whistle from his girdle, and blew a sharp note. Immediately foot steps pattered across the court, and a half-grown negro boy entered. "Iced sherbet and confections." The boy bowed till his head about touched the floor, and darted away. While he was gone, the Arab sat like a statue, and seemed to contemplate the floor. The little fellow was back in a wonderfully short time, and bore on a lacquered tray a great silver flagon, some silver cups, and a china plate full of candied dates and figs. At a sign from his master, the boy served a glass of the sherbet and some of the confections to each of the guests. When he had done this, he bowed once more, and tripped away. Paul did not know what the custom of an aristocratic Arab in these little matters might be, so he waited till his host had set the example by taking a small sip of the sherbet, when he nodded politely, and took a couple of swallows from his own cup. This, he thought, would answer for etiquette, and, without further scruples, he then took a drink that about uncovered the bottom. The stuff was, in fact, delicious and refreshing. He was now ready for business, and turned toward his host. He observed, at the same time, that the Spaniard had made an equally quick disposal of his drink. But, to his surprise, the Arab only glanced that way, and again blew his whistle. As the boy darted in, he pointed to the two nearly emptied cups. The child deftly and quickly filled them, and once more salaamed and withdrew. The Arab then turned, this time with an alert expression, to his guests. "There are now no empty cups, and we may talk. I am ready to hear what you both have to say." Paul looked at the Spaniard, --of course his own...show more

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  • Paperback | 84 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 168g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236798449
  • 9781236798442