At the railway station thousands of people had collected to take leave of a great turbaned moollah from Mecca, dressed in yellow silk. Long after we had left Darjeeling the faithful ran by the side of the carriage to kiss his hand, on which blazed an enormous diamond cut in a cone; and all along the road, when the train going downhill went too fast for anyone to keep up with it, Moslem natives bowed and prostrated themselves in the road, shouting words of Godspeed to the holy man. And at one stopping-place a little carpet was spread, on which he took off his shoes and prayed鈥攈urried through his last prostrations by the whistle of the locomotive. The officer drew up a statement of the facts, and sent it to the king, with the complaint that he had been dishonored in discharging the duties intrusted to him by his majesty. The king sent the following reply: 凤凰彩票能赚钱吗 Chapter 8 The 鈥淐ornhill Magazine鈥?And 鈥淔ramley Parsonag After a long pause Lord Hyndford inquired, 鈥淲ould your majesty consent to an armistice?鈥? A bulbul, flying out of a temple where it had been picking up the offered rice, perched on a pomegranate tree and began to sing, at first a little timid chirp, and then a ripple of song, soon drowned by the shrieks of parrots, which came down on the tree and drove out the little red-breasted chorister. 鈥淚 fell from the clouds on hearing all that, and knew not if I were sleeping or waking. He then questioned me on the affairs of this country. I gave him the detail of them. He said to me, 鈥榃hen your goose of a father-in-law dies, I advise you to break up the whole court, and reduce yourselves to the footing of a private gentleman鈥檚 establishment in order to pay your debts. In real truth, you have no need of so many people. And you must try to reduce the wages of those whom you can not help keeping. You have been accustomed to live, at Berlin, with a table of four dishes. That is all you want here. I will invite you now and then to Berlin, which will spare table and house expenses.鈥? 鈥淪unday next I shall be at a little place near Cleves, where I shall be able to possess you at my ease. If the sight of you don鈥檛 cure me, I will send for a confessor at once. Adieu. You know my sentiments and my heart. 鈥淚 observed that the king took a pinch of snuff as the sound of each discharge reached him. And even through that air of intrepidity, which never abandoned this prince, I could perceive the sensations of pity toward that unfortunate town, and an eager impatience to fly to its relief.鈥?