Convict No. 21,003, the number by which Frederick was known, was the first to undergo the punishment. Two of the warders seized him, and stretching him at full length on the wooden bench, face downward, bound him thereto by means of ropes tied round his shoulders, waist, and ankles.In the afternoon, having gone down to see about the [Pg 149] passing of his luggage through the custom-house, he was much amused by the sight of the landing of the five or six hundred Chinese who had made the passage across the Pacific with him. If ever human beings were treated like chattels it was on this occasion. The inspectors first of all began by carefully examining the strange-looking bundles and boxes which constituted their baggage; and, having ascertained that there was no opium concealed therein, they marked them with a large hieroglyphic in white chalk, in order to show that they had been duly passed. The owners themselves were then taken in hand, and their persons equally minutely searched, after which ceremony their backs were ornamented with a similar large hieroglyphic in chalk. The spectacle they presented as they marched into San Francisco, labeled in this fashion, from the highest mandarin down to the humblest coolie, was ludicrous beyond description, and was greeted with many a hearty laugh.[Pg 155]CHAPTER VIII
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Some of ’em is as handsome as if they was hand-painted!”It is a wonderful moment, this moment of “understanding.” It made Fred draw the foolish gray head down on her young breast, and caress and comfort it, as years ago her own little head had been caressed and kissed. They were both “mothers” at that moment.”He’s so old and weak,” Khadija eventually said. “And whatwill you do when he’s gone? You’d be a burden to his family.”As you are now to us.Mariam almostsaw the unspoken wordsexit Khadija’s mouth, like foggy breath on a cold day.You’re frightening her!”Mariam clutched the dough close to her chest and pushedthrough the crowd around her.”Indeed it is,” said Babi.Laila rolled to her side on the couch now and tried toremember something: At one point, when they were on thefloor, Tariq had lowered his forehead on hers. Then he hadpanted something, eitherAm I hurting you? orIs this hurtingyou?”But, mostly, he talked about you,hamshira. He said youwere-how did he put it-his earliest memory. I think that’s right,yes. I could tell he cared a great deal about you.Balay, thatmuch was plain to see. But he said he was glad you weren’tthere. He said he didn’t want you seeing him like that.”Laila’s feet felt heavy again, anchored to the floor, as if all herblood had suddenly pooled down there. But her mind was faraway, free and fleet, hurtling like a speeding missile beyondKabul, over craggy brown hills and over deserts ragged withclumps of sage, past canyons of jagged red rock and oversnowcapped mountains…”When I told him I was going back to Kabul, he asked me tofind you. To tell you that he was thinking of you. That hemissed you. I promised him I would I’d taken quite a liking tohim, you see. He was a decent sort of boy, I could tell.”Abdul Sharif wiped his brow with the handkerchief. 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He slowly turns his teacup on its saucer, one way, thenthe other.The exile put his head out the window, just in time to see Jack, who had thrown the bell rope over the front of the building, sliding down the same, and making dreadful faces because of the pain which friction occasioned in his hands and legs. With a fiendish yell the teacher threw the ruler, which missed Jack. Just as the young man felt that the rope was no longer between his knees yet the ground not invitingly near, the teacher reappeared with an inkstand which he threw with such excellent aim that it struck Jack in the side. The boy immediately loosened his hold and dropped about fifteen feet, striking upon his side. In an instant he was upon his feet and hurrying homeward without as much hilarity as might have been expected, for in falling he had broken his left arm.At last the fever subsided leaving Jack extremely weak in body, but of a temper simply angelic. He prefaced every request with “please,” he never forgot to say “thank you,” and he sang little hymns softly to himself. Mrs. Wittingham was delighted beyond measure, and when she suggested that the minister might like to call, and Jack replied that it would be very nice to have a chat with that gentleman, the lady became considerably alarmed on the subject of the boy’s recovery. Mr. Daybright, the minister, was really a very pleasant man, as Jack discovered, now that he had time to “take his measure,” as he himself expressed it, and after Mr. Daybright had talked with him for half an hour, and prayed with him, and departed, Jack did not know but he might finally conclude to be a minister himself, and have cake and cider offered him in the middle of the afternoon when he called upon boys with broken arms.”Glory!” whispered Jack.”When I came to,” said Simon, speaking almost with his teeth set, “I was like a person stunned. 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