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Shah of Persia's Private Life.

Tho Shah is said to be a much better, kinder, and more enlightened man than he has generally been supposed. But his private life is not very happy. He has four wives, eighty favorites, over a hundred sons, all incessantly quarrelliug. Tho eldest being the son of a slave mother, the second son (whose mother is a princess) is appointed to succeed him, but will have to fight for the throne, which his elder brother is determined to make his own if possible. Tho Shah's favorite pastime is hunting tigers and rhinoceroses, for which sport he sets out at the head of a party of invited guests, who are obliged to take part in these expeditions unarmed, as the Persian etiquette restricts their action to admiring the prowess of the Shah. The honor of accompanying the sovereign in these dangerous expeditions into the v> ildeat and most savage parts of the country is consequently dreaded rather than desired. His great passion is for cats, of whom he always has a numerous collection, each having its own habitation, income, and servants. When one of them dies its income is given to one of th 6 princes. The Shah had a splendid striped cat, a great rarity, of which he waß specially fond. The miniature tiger was never allowed to be out of his sight. Covered with jewels, reclining on_ a magnificent cushion, feasted on delicacies, this cat was carried in hiß train wherover he went. But one day, as tho royal cavalcade was wending it 3 way through a dense forest, far from all trace of civilisation, tho fourfooted favorite leapt from her luxurious cushion and disappeared with a wild tomcat from under the trees. The region having been vainly searched for the fugitive, the Shah offered a reward of L'2oo for her recovery ; and an exhibition of cats, with high prizes, was got up, in the hope that the splendid little creature might have been caught and would be shown. But all attempts to recover the tiny tiger having been unsuccessful, the Shah had to look for a new pet, and this he was fortunate enough —from his point of view—to find in the little boy who now accompanies him constantly, and of whom he has made one of the highest dignitaries of tho Persian kingdom.

Dumby : " You say Miss Periode looked beautiful in her bathing suit. What sort of a suit was it?" Mumley: "Stockings and style."

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Shah of Persia's Private Life., Evening Star, Issue 8037, 14 October 1889

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Shah of Persia's Private Life. Evening Star, Issue 8037, 14 October 1889

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