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2 upon, no accident ever occurs, the mare being as careful of the children as of the colt. Such is the mutual attachment between the horse and his master, that he will leave his companions at his master's call, ever glad to obey his voice. And when the Arab falls from his horse, and is unable to rise again, he will stand by him and neigh for assistance; and -if he lays down to sleep, as fatigue sometimes compels him to do in the midst of the desert, his faithful steed will watch over him, and neigh to arouse him if man or beast approaches. The Arabs frequently teach their horses secret signs or signals, which they make use of on urgent occasions to call forth their utmost exertions. These are more efficient than the barbarous mode of urging them on with the spur and whip, a forcible illustration of which will be found in the following anecdote. A Bedouin, named Jabal, possessed a mare of great celebrity. Hassad Pacha, then Governor of Damascus, wished to buy the animal, and repeatedly made the owner the most liberal offers, which Jabal steadily refused. The Pacha then had recourse to threats, but with no better success. At length, one Gafar, a Bedouin of another tribe, presented himself to the Pacha, and asked what he would give the man- who should make him master of Jabal's mare "I will fill his horse's nose-bag with gold," replied Hassad. The result of this interview having gone abroad; Jabal became more watchful than ever, and always secured his mare at night with an iron chain, one end of which was fastened to her hind fetlock, whilst the other, after passing through the tent cloth, was attached to a picket driven ini the g.'ound under the felt that served himself and wife for a bed. But one midnight, Gafar crept silently into the tent, and suc- ceeded in loosening the chain, Just before starting off with his prize, he caught up Jabal's lance, and poking him with the butt end, cried out: " I am Gafar! I have stolen your noble mare, and will give you notice in time." This warning was in accord- ance with the customs of the Desert; for to rob a hostile tribe is considered an honorable exploit, and the man who accom- plishes it is desirous of all the glory that may flow from the deed. Poor Jabal, when he heard the words, rushed out of the tent and gave the alarm, then mounting his brother's mare, ac- companied by some of his tribe, he pursued the robber for four hours. The brother's mare was of the same stock as Jabal's but was not equal to her; nevertheless, he outstripped those of all the other pursuers, and was even on the point of overtaking the robber, when Jahal shouted to him: " Pinch her right ear and give her a touch of the heel." Gafar did so, and away vent the mare like lightning, speedily rendering further pursuit hopeless. The pi nek in the ear and the touah with the. heel were the secret signs by which Jabal had been used to urge his mare to her utmost speed. Jabal's companions were amazed and in-