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When going down the Tigris and Euphrates rivers many
years ago with a party of English travelers I found myself
under the direction of an old Arab guide whom we hired up at
Bagdad, and I have often thought how that guide resembled
our barbers in certain mental characteristics. He thought that
it was not only his duty to guide us down those rivers, and do
what he was paid for doing, but also to entertain us with
stories curious and weird, ancient and modern, strange and
familiar. Many of them I have forgotten, and I am glad I have,
but there is one I shall never forget.
The old guide was leading my camel by its halter along
the banks of those ancient rivers, and he told me story after
story until I grew weary of his story telling and ceased to
listen. I have never been irritated with that guide when he lost
his temper as I ceased listening. But I remember that he