STORY OF THE THREE SONS OF HALI 217
a crowd had rapidly gathered. 'A watch that ran away. If it had been a cask of wine, your story might be true, but a watch-----! That is hardly possible!'
' The Cadi shall say whether it is possible or not,' replied Neangir, who at that moment perceived the other Jew enter the bazaar. Darting up, he seized him by the arm and dragged him to the Cadi's house ; but not before the man whom he had found in the shop contrived to whisper to his brother, in a tone loud enough for Neangir to hear, ' Confess nothing, or we shall both be lost.'
When the Cadi wras informed of what had taken place he ordered the crowd to be dispersed by blows, after the Turkish manner, and then asked Neangir to state his complaint. After hearing the young man's story, which seemed to him most extraordinary, he turned to question the Jewish merchant, who instead of answering raised his eyes to heaven and fell down in a dead faint.
The judge took no notice of the swooning man, but told Neangir that his tale was so singular he really could not believe it, and that he should have the merchant carried back to his own house. This so enraged Neangir that he forgot the respect due to the Cadi, and exclaimed at the top of his voice, ' Recover this fellow from his fainting fit, and force him to confess the truth,' giving the Jew as he spoke a blow with his sword which caused him to utter a piercing scream.
'You see for yourself,' said the Jew to the Cadi, ' that this young man is out of his mind. I forgive him his blow, but do not, I pray you, leave me in his power.'
At that moment the Bassa chanced to pass the Cadi's house, and hearing a great noise, entered to inquire the cause. When the matter was explained, he looked attentively at Neangir, and asked him gently how all these marvels could possibly have happened.
' My lord,' replied Neangir, w I swear T have spoken the truth, and perhaps you will believe me when I tell you that I myself have been the victim of spells wrought