That was my thought as I looked at the sacred pigeons

That was my thought as I regarded on the sacred pigeons, circling in comfortable freedom over the gardenwhere Bajazet slumbers below his catafalque, flut-tering around the cupolas of their mosque, and be-neath the gray-pink-and-white arcade, with its dull-green and plum-colored columns, or crowding collectively upon the skinny branches of their plane-tree. A pure wind blew via the courtroom and concerning the marble fountain. The music made by the iridescent wings of the birds by no means ceased, and their perpetual cooing was just like the candy voice of content material. The sunshine streamed over the pavement and penetrated below the arches, making the coral beads of a rosary glow and its gold beads glitter, giving to the amber liquid carried on a tray by a boy to a barber beneath his awning a vivacity virtually of flame. Beside me a lover was dictating a letter to a scribe, who squatted earlier than his desk, on which had been organized a bright- blue inkstand and cup, a pile of white paper, and a stand with pink pens and blue pencils. Farther on, males had been being shaved, and had been ingesting espresso as they lounged upon bright-yellow sofas. Close to me a really previous Turk, with fanatical, half-shut eyes, was sitting on the bottom and gazing on the pink ft of the pigeons as they tripped over the pavement, upon which a pilgrim to the mosque had simply flung some grain.

Mechanically lingered his rosary

As he gazed, he mechanically lingered his rosary, swiftly shifting the beads on and on, beads after beads, at all times two at a time. Some incense smoldered in a three-legged brazier, giving out its peculiar and drowsy odor. On the opposite aspect of the courtroom a fruit-seller slept by a pile of yellow melons. The grain thrown by the pilgrim was all eaten now, and for a second the sunshine was dimmed by the cloud of rising and dispersing birds, grey and inexperienced, with mushy gleams like jewels entangled of their plumage. Some flew far to the tall white-and-gray minaret of their mosque, others settled on the cupola above the fountain. Just a few, venturous truants, dis-appeared within the course of the seraskierat wall, not far off. The higher quantity returned to their plane- tree on the suitable of the lover and the scribe. And because the lover instructed, and the scribe wrote from proper to left, the pigeons puffed out their breasts and cooed, calling different pilgrims to keep in mind that even the sacred have their carnal appetites, and to honor the poor widow’s reminiscence earlier than going as much as the mosque to hope.

 

Room of a photographer’s shop

Sooner or later I used to be within the higher room of a photographer’s store when two Turkish girls got here in and eliminated their veils, standing with their backs to the English infidel. One was clearly a lot youthful than the opposite, and appeared to have a good looking determine. I used to be gazing at it, maybe relatively steadily, when, evidently conscious of my look, she turned slowly and intentionally spherical. For 2 or three minutes she confronted me, trying to proper and left of me, above me, even on the ground close to my ft, along with her giant and delightful blue-gray eyes. She was pretty. Younger, maybe eighteen, she was barely painted, and her eyebrows and lengthy curling lashes had been blackened. Her options had been excellent, her complexion was clean and good, and her expression was actually lovable. It appeared to say to me quietly:

It’s silly ever to hide such a face

“Sure, you’re proper. It’s silly ever to hide such a face as this with a veil when actually there’s not an excessive amount of magnificence on the planet. Mais que voulez- vous? Les Turcs!” And the little hanum absolutely moved her skinny shoulders contemptuously. However her aged companion pulled at her gown, and slowly she moved away. As the 2 girls left the room, the photographer, a Greek, taken care of them, smiling. Then he turned to me, unfold out his skinny palms, and mentioned, with a shrug, “Encore des desen- chantees!”

I considered the disenchanted in the future as I sat among the many letter-writers within the giant and roughly paved courtroom of the “Pigeon’s Mosque,” or Mosque of Ba jazet II. For hours I had been wandering on foot by way of the higher quarters of previous Stamboul, and I couldn’t launch my thoughts from the boring strain of its affect. All these picket homes, silent, ap-parently deserted, shuttered—streets and streets of them, myriads of them! Every now and then above the carved wooden of a lattice I had seen a striped curtain, low cost, dusty, hanging, I guessed, above an inexpensive and dusty divan. The doorways of the homes had been giant and strong, like jail doorways. Earlier than one, as I slowly handed by, I had seen an previous Turk in an extended quilted coat of inexperienced, with an enormous key in his hand, about to enter. He glanced to proper and left, then thrust the important thing into the door. I had felt inclined to cease and say to him:

“That home has been deserted for years. Each one has migrated way back from this quarter of Stamboul. In case you keep right here, you may be fairly alone.” However the previous Turk knew very properly that every one the homes had been full of individuals, of imprisoned girls. What a destiny to be one of many prisoners!

 

Petrika and Totana

At each visits I had related to the household of Petrika and Totana, his third spouse, whom he had married about six months earlier than. Petrika was a sedate man a minimum of fifty years outdated, with a moustache however no beard, and a protracted, straight, although considerably fleshy nostril. He had had kids by his two earlier wives, and 4 of them had been within the camp :Stano, together with his spouse Tudora and boy Kirtsho; Turi, together with his

spouse and baby; Kira, then not too long ago married to Bistem, who was a refined-looking youth of seventeen, son of Totana by her late husband Ilia; and an single lady, Bada. To mark their Christianity the lads wore sheepskin Jcalpaks as an alternative of fezes and turbans, however their garments had been in any other case related, with some minor variations of braiding, to my disguise, although Turi’szabuna was product of darkish crimson velvet, and his jacket (thalik) had a fur lining. Turi was a sturdy younger fellow of a pleasing if unenergetic temperament, and never good-looking. He had a reasonably however shy little lady, Busa, the one one in every of his 4 kids who had lived, and his spouse Gina was a really darkish lady, good-looking and industrious. The higher a part of the family work fell to her share. Suitably dressed she would have been stunning, however, owing to her husband’s poverty, she had unbecoming garments; a heavy darkish woollenshawl.as an example, over her head as an alternative of a homosexual kerchief, and she or he went with out footwear or stockings. She was, furthermore, remarkably silent: I don’t suppose we exchanged six sentences in the course of the week I spent along with her folks; and she or he was virtually equally reserved in the direction of her husband’s mother and father.

She didn’t smoke within the presence of her father- in-law ; however when he was away, or so occupied as to be unlikely to note, she would take a cigarette from me, unroll it, borrow her mother- in-law’s little pipe, and luxuriate in a whiff.

Not like Persians and Arabs, who’re happy with their family tree, the Gypsies resemble the Turks, who thus categorical their religion within the equality of all lessons of Ottomans, and the democratic Bulgarians, in having no surnames. As some compensation every Gypsy boasts two private names of his personal, one for residence and the opposite for official use. Petrika was recognized to the police and different bizarre folks as Gyorgi, Totaua as Kostandina, Turi as Todor, and Bistem as Tanasi. When it’s essential to outline an individual extra precisely, the title of his or her father is added within the genitive case, as, for instance, Turi (son) of Petrika, and Totana (daughter) of Shudrila.

 

Marble tombs sheltered by weary trees

You go by some marble tombs sheltered by weary bushes, beneath the enormous shadow of a mosque, and some steps farther on you look by an arched doorway and see on the marble flooring of a dimly lighted corridor half-naked males, with tufts of black hair drooping from partly shaved heads and striped towels girt spherical their loins, going softly from side to side, or bending a couple of fountain from which water gushes with a silvery noise. This can be a Turkish bathtub. All through Stamboul there are bath-houses with little cupolas on their roofs, and all through Stamboul there are tombs; however the uneasy and watchful crowds throng the quarters close to the waterside and the nice bazaars and the areas earlier than the principal mosques. They aren’t unfold all through the town. Many components of Stamboul are because the waste locations of the earth, deserted by males.

By evening they’re silent and black; by day they seem like the methods of a fantastic picket village from which the inhabitants have fled. Of their open areas, patches of waste floor, maybe just a few goats try to browse amongst garbage and stones, just a few little kids are loitering, two or three silent males could also be sitting beneath a vine by a shed, which is a Turkish cafe. There isn’t any sound of steps or of voices. One has no feeling of being in a fantastic metropolis, of being in a metropolis in any respect. Little there’s of romance, little of that mysterious and beautiful melancholy which imaginative writers have described. Dullness and shabbiness brood over every part. But an unlimited inhabitants lives within the apparently empty homes. Girls are watching from the home windows behind the grilles. Life is fermenting within the midst of the mud, the discomfort, the just about ghastly silence.

The nice bazaar of Stamboul

The nice bazaar of Stamboul is a metropolis inside a metropolis. As you stand earlier than its entrance you consider a fortress stuffed with immured treasures. And there are treasures of worth beneath the heavy arches, within the lengthy roofed-over lanes. The bazaars of Tunis appear minute, of Damascus ephemeral, of Cairo dressed up, of Jerusalem crushed collectively and stifling, when put next with the huge bazaars of Stamboul, which have a solidity, a massiveness, unshared by their rivals. I noticed there many low-cost items similar to I’ve seen on sure cubicles within the East Finish of London, however they had been surrounded with a sure pomp and dignity, with a curious environment of age. Some components of the bazaars are slender.

THE COMB-MAKERS

Wonderful weatherproof tents

That they had good sturdy carts and wonderful weatherproof tents. Their carts (tcdigas) are gaily painted troughs, on the back-boards of that are circles containing some naively executed image, a bunch of flowers, or a rearing horse, and at all sides are iron steps linked with splash-boards over the 4 wheels. The trough, or physique, rests in a cradle on the 2 axles, however isn’t hooked up to them rigidly, the axles themselves being linked collectively by a central beam, a technique of development which supplies nice flexibility, and allows the automobile, though springless, to journey the worst roads with out catastrophe. The tents are product of goat’s-hair material, laborious, tough, and really thick : they’re costly, for an acceptable piece prices eight napoleons. The material is supported partly by the taliga itself, which it covers and protects, and partly by a framework of poles. Of those there are 5, in addition to the pole of the taliga, which makes the sixth—two poles morticed to type the entrance triangde ; the skinny back-post (beli) resting on the bottom, and steadied by insertion by way of the step of the waggon ; the horizontal ridge-pole (berand) ; and two different horizontal poles, one in every of them the driving pole of the waggon, which relaxation on the taliga behind the tent, and are tied to the entrance poles half-way between their intersection and the bottom. The cart thus stands throughout the tent to which it varieties the again, and the material is pegged out via goat’s-hair cords hooked up at common intervals, in order that the sting is about six inches from the earth. Such a tent, in contrast with the dwellings of the Zagundzhis, was a palace.

The tribe had come to Varna with a view to work on the harvest, the place the lads anticipated to earn about two francs a day; however their ostensible technique of livelihood was making combs, a occupation wherein they confirmed nice dexterity. They purchased the horns of cattle, lower them into brief cylinders which they break up longitudinally and flattened by warmth and strain, formed the piece, smoothed it with a rasp and polished it with ashes; then they lower the tooth with sudden regularity via two hand-saws, one positive, and the opposite coarse, and completed the comb with just a little crude ornament in double strains by rocking the handle-end of a file throughout the floor of the horn. A person may produce thirty combs a day, however their earnings had been in all probability restricted relatively by the quantity they might promote than by the quantity they might make.

A lot I discovered by two visits to their picturesquely located camp close to Indzhe-Kioi, just a little village about three miles from Varna, and I discovered additionally that their Rumanian Romani, owing to my earlier expertise with an analogous dialect, was way more simply intelligible than the dialects fashioned below Turkish and Bulgarian affect that I had heard in Osman’s mahala. My beneficial first impression was confirmed on the second go to, when the comb-makers entertained the Vice-Consul and myself with foods and drinks, and gossiped pleasantly, if not with the inconsequent liglit-heartedness of the Zagundzhis; and, later within the night, they received my coronary heart utterly when, with out remark, they raised the side-cloth of the tent so that all may admire a lovely sundown. I made a decision that these fashions of Gypsy propriety can be most fascinating travelling companions, and, seeing that with their assist it will be straightforward to evade the difficulties brought on by Osman’s prohibition, I misplaced no time, however broached the topic without delay, and made preparations for escape.

 

The presents had started to arrive on Saturday morning

The presents had began to reach on Saturday morning on the Simon dwelling. They have been piling up on the very second when Leo on the synagogue was assuming the obligations of a great Jew and a great American. They got here from buddies, from kinfolk, and from those that felt it good enterprise to favor the son of a buyer. So when Leo and his grandparents arrived dwelling they discovered pyramids of bins. Leo acknowledged lots of the names of the individuals who had despatched presents. They have been names he had seen on the envelopes of the invitation playing cards. Once more he didn’t perceive why the individuals who had apparently thought effectively sufficient of him to ship presents had not thought it mandatory to look on the synagogue to listen to him promise to be a great Jew.

Sunday arrived. That proved to be the day of unex-pected experiences for Leo. A goodly quantity dropped in in the course of the afternoon. They congratulated Leo and his dad and mom and departed. However some stayed on and gathered within the room that had been arrange as a bar for the event. Some took to tables and performed playing cards.

It was within the night that the crowds actually arrived, and that meant extra presents. Leo was in a turmoil attempting to maintain monitor of the ties, fountain pens, and shirts that poured in.

Quickly the bar turned the middle of attraction. Leo was amazed to see how repeatedly the company poured the drinks down their throats, even the ladies.

Within the midst of the noise and confusion he acquired an pressing want to see his grandparents, who have been by this time quietly sitting of their room. They have been comfortable to see him and for Leo their very presence was reassuring. However then he heard his father name and he rushed again into the crowded front room.

“Come on, Leo,” his father commanded. Give your Bar Mitzvah speech for our good buddies.”

“However Pa,” the Bar Mitzvah pleaded, “my speech is for a synagogue, for the home of God.         .

“Come on, come on,” Mr. Simon insisted; I spent sufficient in your classes.”

“Might the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob bless our congregation,” the Bar Mitzvah started.

“I’ll have one other cocktail, please,” got here a fema e voice from the bar.

“Oh, Father in Heaven, I pray unto thee for my dad and mom and grandparents,” pleaded the Bar Mitzvah “Hey, Max, how about some extra Scotch? Demanded one of many company.

 

Philip sees his mother taking care of the many Jewish

Philip sees his mom caring for the various Jewish girls. Pcustomers in her grocery. They admtred and liked her for her wit and sympathetic soul. In th y gogue she was excellent. All of them greeted her when thev got here out and in of shul.

He remembers, too, that this good mom onceupo a time gave him an actual good licking ie rem the punishment was that his father nahe’y repotted .zero her, “Faifke (now Phil.pl *neahs »»t of the Synagogue and performs cube with different boys.

As a matter of reality he was the ring-leader. 1He m fluenced the others to abandon their fathers in shu come out and play with him. It reached the purpose the place a few of the moms, clients within the grocery retailer mixed that Faifke took from their kids their final “Ideas of the cube video games of his childhood lead him to later recollections—recollections of younger mam hypothesis on the inventory market, when he grew to become a well-recognized determine within the monetary district.

His marriage to the daughter of an clever Jewis

“His marriage to the daughter of an clever Jewisfa”w had given him place in well-to-do ew.sh ctn cl™ I. mus? be mentioned that Gtos, knew htsInn,.anon, tnrelimous and cultural fields. He would by no means participate when non secular topics had been mentioned. Nonetheless, grew to become president of a congregation.

Success in enterprise brings recognition. As a matter of reality he later grew to become president of a charitable instate. Very often he would say to himself, individuals humorous? There are a bunch of administrators on the board of the establishment wherein I’m who contribute extra money than I do, though they don’t seem to be a5 wealthy as I’m, but I’m the president. Isn’t that humorous?”

An expensive residence throughout the street from Gross’s backyard, at which he glances when he raises his eyes, brings a ache to his coronary heart. James McClain, a distinguished and wealthy churchman, occupies that dwelling. Mr. McClain can be a member of the Inventory Alternate and has given Gross the chilly shoulder on many events.

Philip Gross has one ambition in his life, and that’s: some day to grow to be president of the Inventory Alternate. He has concluded that his actions in Jewish life, his leader-ship in non secular and charitable establishments of his individuals, would by no means discover a lot room within the English papers. As president of the Inventory Alternate his image could be printed within the monetary pages of all of the papers.