There may be a lot etiquette noticed within the archery events of the Sultan. First Hies the arrow of Mahmoud himself, as he stands on the proper of a line of Pashas and Beys, who’ve been formally invited to partake of the game; and instantly off begin half a dozen of the pages of the family to recuperate the missive, and to mark the spot the place it falls. These functionaries, who endeavour to out-speed one another, and to safe the prize which, on the event of an extended shot than normal, they’re certain to obtain from their sovereign, run with their heads near the earth, and customarily contrive to select up the arrow with out checking their pace, and to hold it on for a long way earlier than they have an effect on to seek out it, after they proclaim their success with a shrill cry; and the measurement of the bottom takes place without delay, the place the shot is taken into account sufficiently exceptional to warrant the ceremony.
The very “ lengthy bow,” which we now have cited to have been drawn by the Sultan on the glad event when the area over which his arrow had travelled was declared to be 300 yards, is claimed to have been the frolic of a sportive and daring web page, who, having gathered it up at an inexpensive distance, ran on till he had a imaginative and prescient of detection, when he stopped, unquestioned if not unsuspected, and without delay established the celebrity of his Imperial grasp as the primary Toxopliolite in Europe.
AVhen the Sultan has ascertained his success, every of his courtly companions shoots in flip; however it’s virtually pointless to comment, that their arrows all the time fall in need of the mark : whereas, regardless of the diplomatic frauds of time-serving dependants, it’s equally sure that there are few archers both so skilful or so swish because the Emperor of Turkey.
THE SERAI BOURNOU
A wealthy confusion type’d a disarray In such kind, that the attention alongside it forged Might hardly carry any factor avay,
Object on object flashed so brilliant and quick:
A stunning mass of gems, and gold, and glitter, Magnificently mingled in a litter.”
THE celebrated Serai Bournou, occupying the obtuse level of the triangle on which Constantinople is constructed, boasts, as maybe its best peculiarity, that it was as soon as in itself a metropolis. The traditional Byzantium was based within the yr A. C. 660, by a Lacedemonian colony ; and a portion of the unique partitions are literally standing at today, and nonetheless serve to separate the palace gardens from the general public avenue. The mouldering however strong masonry which now girdles the Imperial residence of the Caliphs, as soon as belted a metropolis; and the groves and alleys which can be to-day scantily traversed by slaves, eunuchs, and ladies, have been in instances of outdated thickly peopled with an lively, busy, and enterprising inhabitants.