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Children's Classic Fairy Tales From The East, Edited By Andrew Lang

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THIRD VOYAGE                          151
idle. Whereupon he pointed the bales out to me, and sent for the person whose duty it was to keep a list of the goods that were upon the ship. When this man came he asked in what name the merchandise was to be registered.
' In the name of Sindbad the Sailor,' replied the captain.
At this I was greatly surprised, but looking carefully at him I recognised him to be the captain of the ship upon which I had made my second voyage, though he had altered much since that time. As for him, believing me to be dead it was no wonder that he had not re­cognised me.
' So, captain,' said I, ' the merchant who owned those bales was called Sindbad?'
' Yes,' he replied. i He was so named. He belonged to Bagdad, and joined my ship at Balsora, but by mis­chance he was left behind upon a desert island where we had landed to fill up our water-casks, and it was not until four hours later that he was missed. By that time the wind had freshened, and it was impossible to put back for him.'
' You suppose him to have perished then ? ' said I.
'Alas! yes,' he answered.
' Why, captain !' I cried, ' look well at me. I am that Sindbad who fell asleep upon the island and awoke to find himself abandoned!'
The captain stared at me in amazement, but was presently convinced that I was indeed speaking the truth, and rejoiced greatly at my escape.
'I am glad to have that piece of carelessness off my conscience at any rate,' said he. ' Now take your goods, and the profit I have made for you upon them, and may you prosper in future.'
I took them gratefully, and as we went from one island to another I laid in stores of cloves, cinnamon, and other spices. In one place I saw a tortoise which was
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