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The keeper laughed, and pommelled the pavement vigorously: “I was never through it–haven’t the courage–nor do I know anybody who has been. They say it has a thousand pillars, and that it is supplied by a river. They tell too how people have gone into nike air max 2012 it with boats, and never come out, and that it is alive with ghosts; but of these stories I say nothing, because I know nothing.”
Sergius thereupon departed.
Part 4 Chapter 22 The Prince Of India Seeks Mahommed
All the next night, Syama, his ear against his master’s door, felt the jar of the machine-like tread in the study. At intervals it would slow, but not once did it stop. The poor slave was himself nearly w air max 2013 orn out. Sympathy has a fashion of burdening us without in the least lightening the burden which occasions it.
To-morrows may be long coming, but they keep coming. Time is a mill, and to-morrows are but the dust of its grinding. Uel arose early. He had slept soundly. His first move was to send the Prince all the clerks he could find in the market, and shortly afterwards the city was re-blazoned with bills.
“Fathers and mothers of Byzantium!
“Lael, the daughter of Uel the merchant, has not been found. Wherefore I now offer 10,000 bezants in gold for her dead or alive, and 6,000 bezants in gold for evidence which will lead to the discovery and conviction of her abductors.
“The offers will conclude with to-day.
There was a sensation when the new placards had been generally read; yet the hunt o nike air max 2013 f the day before was not resumed. It was considered exhausted. Men and women poured into the streets and talked and talked–about the Prince of India. By ten o’clock all known of him and a great deal more had gone through numberless discussions; and could he have heard the conclusions reached he had never smiled again. By a consensus singularly unanimous, he was an Indian, vastly rich, but not a Prince, and his interest in the stolen girl was owing to forbidden relations. This latter part of the judgment, by far the most cruel, might have been traced to Demedes.
In all the city there had not been a more tireless hunter than Demedes. He seemed everywhere present–on the ships, on the walls, in the gardens and churches–nay, it were easier telling where he had not been. And by whomsoever met, he was in good spirits, fertile nike air max 1 in suggestions, and sure of success. He in fact distinguished himself in the search, and gave proof of a knowledge of the capital amazing to the oldest inhabitants. Of course his role was to waste the energy of the mass. In every pack of beagles it is said there is one particularly gifted in the discovery of false scents. Such was Demedes that first day, until about two o’clock. The results of the quest were then in, and of the theories to which he listened, nothing pleased him like the absence of a suggestion of the second se nike air max 90 dan. There were witnesses to tell of the gorgeous chair, and its flitting here and yonder through the twilight; none saw the other. This seems to have sufficed him, and he suddenly gave up the chase; appearing in the garden of the Bucoleon, he declared the uselessness of further effort. The Jewess, nike air max he said, was not in Byzantium; she had been carried off by the Bulgarians, and was then on the road to some Turkish harem. From that moment the search began to fall off, and by evening it was entirely discontinued.
Upon appearance of the placards the second day, Demedes was again equal to the emergency. He collected his brethren in the Temple, organized them into parties, and sent them everywhere–to Galata, to the towns along the Bosphorus, down the western shore of the Marmora, over to the Islands, and up to the forest of Belgrade–to every place, in short, except the right one. And this conduct, apparently sincere, certainly energetic, bore its expected fruit; by noon he was the hero of the occasion cheap nike air max trainers , the admiration of the city.
When very early in the second day the disinclination of the people to renew the search was nike air max sale reported to the Prince of India, he looked incredulous, and broke out:
“What! Not for ten thousand bezants!–more gold than they have had in their treasury at one time in ten years!–enough to set up three empires of such dwindle cheap nike air max ! To what is the world coming?”
An hour or so later, he was told of the total failure of his second proclamation. The information drove him with increased speed across the floor.
“I have an adversary somewhere,” he was saying to himself–“an adversary more powerful than gold in quantity. Are there two such in Byzantium?”
An account of Demedes’ action gave him some comfort.
About the third hour, Sergius asked to see him, and was admitted. After a simple expression of sympathy, the heartiness of which was attested by his sad voice and dejected countenance, the monk said: “Prince of India, I cannot cheap nike air max tell you the reasons of my opinion; yet I believe the young woman is a prisoner here in this city. I will also beg you not to ask me where I think she is held, or by whom. It may turn out that I am mistaken; I will then feel better of having had no confidant. With this statement–submitted with acknowledged uncertainty–can you trust me?”
“You are Sergius, the monk?”
“So they call me; though here I have not been raised to the priesthood.”
“I have heard the poor child speak of you. You were a favorite with her.”
The Prince spoke with trouble.
“I am greatly pleased to hear it.”
The trouble of the Prince was contagious, but Sergius presently recovered.
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