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Balsora, and I to Bagdad. We embraced each other tenderly, and I poured out my gratitude for the honour he had done me, in singling me out for this great wealth, and having said a hearty farewell we turned our backs, and hastened after our camels.
I had hardly come up with mine when the demon oi envy filled my soul. ' What does a dervish want with riches like that?' I said to myself. ' lie alone has the secret of the treasure, and can always get as much as he wants,' and I halted my camels by the roadside, and ran back after him.
I was a quick runner, and it did not take me very long to come up with him. ' My brother,' I exclaimed, as soon as I could speak, i almost at the moment of our leave-taking, a reflection occurred to me, which is perhaps new to you. You are a dervish by profession, and live a very quiet life, only caring to do good, and careless of the things of this world. You do not realise the burden that you lay upon yourself, when you gather into your hands such great wealth, besides the fact that no one, who is not accustomed to camels from his birth, can ever manage the stubborn beasts. If you are wise, you will not encumber yourself with more than thirty, and you will find those trouble enough.'
' Y'ou are right,' replied the dervish, who understood me quite well, but did not wish to fight the matter. ' I confess I had not thought about it. Choose any ten you like, and drive them before you.'
I selected ten of the best camels, and we proceeded along the road, to rejoin those I had left behind. I had got what T wanted, but I had found the dervish so easy to deal with, that I rather regretted I had not asked for ten more. I looked back. He had only gone a few paces, and I called after him.
4 My brother,' I said, ' I am unwilling to part from yon without pointing out what I think you scarcely grasp, that large experience of camel-driving is necessary to