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A GREEDY RULER.

ENGLISHMEN PLUNDERED. At a meeting of the Royal Geographical Bocloty, on Monday, February 22, Captain fl. 8. Butler described some of the adventures which befel Capt. Aylmer and himself while they were journeying from Bagdad to Damascus.

At El .Tof, In Northern Arabia, they were received by the Emir, Feysul Ibn ttashld, one of whose first questions after greeting them was, "Are -your teeth your own or are they false?"

"On our arrival at the house placed at our disposal," continued: the lecturer,

"Capt. Aylmer and myself congratulated ourselves on our good fortune In having such a cordial welcome, but we had not been there more than five minutes when Feysul's head slave, a richly-dressed personage called Dahm, came to tell us that the Emir would not take our camels or our money, as he had plenty of both, but that he would like any things of European make or of interest that we happened to have.

"This was ouly too true, and during our five days' stay there there was a continued procession of slaves and hangers-on from the castle demanding things for the Emir and his visitors and favourites, and demanding them in such a way that It was impossible for us, situated as we were, to refuse, until at last we had practically nothing of auy value left, having bceii lieeeed of watches, revolver, compasses, various clothes, and other articles of our

"The slave given us was nothing moro or less 'than a spy, and the climax was reached, and I fairly lost my temper, when a negro slave, who had come to demand scent, hair-grease, and moustache wax for the Emir, told mc I was a liar when I said I hud none."

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A GREEDY RULER. Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 85, 10 April 1909

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