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The Thistle and the Cedar of Lebanon
written by "Risk Allah, Habeeb"
... shape of a most venomous snake with two heads.  No one shall be able to approach but you.  You burn that bit of paper that I have written upon, and throw the ashes into water, and as it is demolished, so will I gradually disappear.  The results will be the Caliph’s gratitude and his daughter’s hand and heart.” Yusuf was very willing to do as he was bid.  The feat was accomplished.  He married the girl and settled down for life in easy circumstances.  Some time after, the Jinn fell desperately in love with the Vizier’s daughter, and displayed his attachment in the rather uncongenial form of a viper.  Now the Caliph had borne in mind the notoriety of his son-in-law in this peculiar species of malady; so when the Vizier came moaning and complaining that Yusuf would not go and cure his daughter, he sent his compliments to Yusuf, with a silken cord and the alternative carefully tied up in an embroidered pocket-handkerchief—of immediate compliance with his will—an arsenic pill or strangulation.  Yusuf had no remedy, though he had faithfully promised the Jinn never to intrude upon his felicity.  He hit, however, upon a plausible excuse, and being introduced into p. 37the presence of the Vizier’s daughter, he bent over her neck and whispered to the Jinn— “I say, I’ve just dropped in to warn you that she is here in Baghdad, and looking for you.” “Why, you don’t mean her?” said the alarmed Jinn. “But I do though, sure as you are a ghost.” “I say, you wont say where I am off to, will you,” says the Jinn; “but if you will just pack up your salāms and any other light articles you may wish to send to your friends, I’ll be happy to be the bearer.  I’m off.” “Are you, though?” says Yusuf “Yes I am,” said the Jinn. “I’d rather stem an angry wave    Than...

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