284 THE BOY WHO FOUND FEAR AT LAST
entered its principal street, a Jew stopped him. ' Where did you get that bracelet'?' asked the Jew. ' It belongs to me.'
' No, it is mine,' replied the boy.
' It is not. Give it to me at once, or it will be the worse for you !' cried the Jew.
' Let us go before a judge, and tell him our stories,' said the boy. ' If he decides in your favour, you shall have it; if in mine, I will keep it!'
To this the Jew agreed, and the two went together to the great hall, in which the kadi was administering justice. He listened very carefully to what each had to say, and then pronounced his verdict. Neither of the two claimants had proved his right to the bracelet, therefore it must remain in the possession of the judge till its fellow was brought before him.
When they heard this, the Jew and the boy looked at each other, and their eyes said: ' Where are we to go to find the other one ?' But as they knew there was no use in disputing the decision, they bowed low and left the hall of audience.
Wandering he knew not whither, the youth found himself on the sea-shore. At a little distance was a ship which had struck on a hidden rock, and was rapidly sinking, while on deck the crew were gathered, with faces white as death, shrieking and wringing their hands.
' Have you met with fear ?' shouted the boy. And the answer came above the noise of the waves.
' Oh, help ! help ! We are drowning ! '
Then the boy flung off his clothes, and swam to the ship, where many hands were held out to draw him on board.
' The ship is tossed hither and thither, and will soon be sucked down,' cried the crew again. ' Death is very near, and we are frightened ! '
' Give me a rope,' said the boy in reply, and he took