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bacco.“You are our gues▓t, sir,” said Nehmé; “we are ▓very glad to have you for a gues●t and to talk English.But even if we did n▓ot like, we should take good care of you, for▓ Christ said, ‘Thou shalt house the stranger wh▓o is within thy gates.’”

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▓ “Why,” cried the cook, when▓ our discussion had been carried▓ into his room in the mission, “in th●e days of my father, for a stranger t▓o pay a place to live would have been insult ●to all.A stranger in town! Why, Let ▓my house be hi

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s—and mine!—and mine! w▓ould have shouted every honora●ble citizen!” “But Nazareth is getting ba▓d,” sighed Shukry.“The faranchees who▓ are coming are very proud.They ●will not eat our food and sleep in ●our small houses.And so many are coming!▓ So some inns have been built and even t▓he Italian monastery like to ●have pay.Very disgraceful!” “Did you giv●e any policemen a nice whipping” asked Elia▓s, suddenly. “Eh” I cr▓ied. “If a faranchee comes to● our country,” he explained, “or if we go t▓o live in America and come back, the policema▓n cannot arrest.” “Yes, I know,”▓ I answered. “If a policeman touches you, t▓hen, you must give him a n

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ice whipping,” cont▓inued the cook.“If my father had been to▓ America I would give nice whippings ▓every day.Many friends I have—” a▓nd he launched forth into a series o▓f anecdotes the heroes of which had ret●urned with naturalization pap●ers for the sole purpose, evidently, of m●aking life unendurable for the officers of the ▓Sultan. “If they only refuse to obey the s▓oldiers,” said Nehmé, “that ▓is nothing.Everybody does that.▓ But here is the wonderful! The▓y do not have even to give backsheesh!” ●“Do you have backsheesh in America” demande●d Shukry. “Ah—er—well—the▓ name is not in common use,” I stamme●red. “It is in my town of Acre th

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ac●ksheesh is nice,” cried the cook, proudly,▓ “and the nicest smuggling.▓Have you seen that big, strong gate to my to▓wn, sir Ah, sir, many nice smugg●lings go in there.But how you ▓think”—he winked one eye long and solemnly〃埅“The nice smugglings are

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the ladies▓.Many things the lady can carry under ●her long dress.” 161“But there are● the guards,” I put in. “The gua▓rds Quick the guard get dead if● he put the finger on the lady.” “▓Then why not have a woman guard” I suggest●ed. “A

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ah!” cried the cook.“How nasty!●” “But the man,” he we●nt on, sadly, “must pay backsheesh if he smugg●le a pound of arabee (native tobacco●, so-called in distinction from “Stambouli●,” the revenued weed) or if he make a man dea●d.” “What!”

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