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gates during those hours, was curiously fulfilled at the taking of Constantine, which fell upon a Friday morning at ten o'clock.'

With Kadir,

memory of this siege comes that of the Arab Abd-eland who can deny that there was something fine about the the

personality of this man, a mingling of the truest warlike spirit with the religious pride of the desert, a kind of Algerian Jugurtha,

holding back the tide of the inevitable with unwavering courage. He bore a charmed name, that of the patron saint of all unfortuprince among marabouts, and it was in a chapel at Baghdad, consecrated to that holy man, that one day in 1828, so runs the legend, while the youth was praying with his father, the nates, the

him under

saint appeared to

the guise of a negro, holding in his is the Sultan of the West?"

"Where

hand three oranges.

" asked the disguised saint, " these oranges are for him." " You will soon have no sultan among us," answered the father.

We

have one," said the negro, and placing the three oranges in the Three years later Abd-elyoung man's hands he vanished.

Kadir was preaching the Holy War against the French, and with 10,000 men vainly besieging Oran.

No common

adventurer was this Arab leader, but a man of who had seen Egypt and the Orient,

education, a traveller

though always "a travers Islam."

Skilled in

all

manly

exercises,

hallowed with a double pilgrimage to Mecca, distinguished by his piety

and

zeal, a splendid

of old, owed half

"On He

horseman who,

his success to his steed

his

—

like the

Numides

back Death Himself cannot touch me. sound of his hoof"

—

fears the

he had, it is said, all the elegant dignity of the Arab aristocrat with the austere mind of a saint. But though he rose on the

horizon

at a

moment when Oran,

in

complete anarchy, belonged showed the limitations of

neither to France or to Morocco, he '

Alg'erie.

Par Rozet

et

Carette.

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