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Hobart herald. (Geneva, N.Y.) 1879-1942, July 01, 1896, Image 12

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42 THE HOBART HERALD. trampling of their feet and the rumbling of the chariots ; the heavens were filled with their chanting. Woe to all such'as should oppose such a host, for they would be as a field of grain before a swarm of locusts ! How the King forced his way through the country of the Hittites and the Jews, I will not t e l l ; for it has nought to do with my story ; but how he came unto the country of the Libu who are called Libyans, I will tell. The host had returned through Pi-tum and the boundary canal and had crossed Egypt until it came to the country of the Libu. Therfe was fought a mighty fight in which we prevailed and pursued the Libu into their city, capturing many. And among the captives was a Hellenian called Nico- phanes. H e fell to my lot and became my servant. And at that time we were about the city of the Libu, but could not take it. And Teleuti-mes the King sent for me and said unto me, “ Look you, Khemhotep, we cannot take the town unless some cunning deviser plan a secret way. And thus I swear unto you, that if you show me a means of taking it, you shall have whatsoever you w7ish of the spoils.” Thus spoke Teleuti-mes the King, and I went away to my own tent, with a heavy heart, for I feared that the place was too strong to be taken. Then to me, as I sat within my tent, came Nicophanes the Hellenian and said thus: “ 0 Khemhotep, my master, be of good cheer; for I will show thee the secret entrance into the town of the Libu, and thou shalt take it. This only do I ask of thee, that when the King shall desire to know what thou desirest as thy reward thou shalt say, ‘the maiden that waits upon the Q,ueen of the Libu.’ For she is my daughter.” And I promised unto Nicophanes the King what he asked. Thus it came about that through me the town of the Libu was taken and with it much spoil. And after the King had utterly subdued it, he sent for me to come before him at the “ counting of Hands.” This is when the spoil is divided. And I obeyed. And I saw the king, how he sat upon a throne and on his right was the mighty7 heap of hands cut from the slain, and the Royal Seutses were num­ bering them, and when the king asked me what I desired o f the spoil, I answered as I had promised to Nicophanes my servant: “ I desire the maiden that waits upon the Queen of the Libu.” The king grew pale and anger was in his heart, and he said : ‘ ‘ A s k again, O Khemhotep, and ask aught else but this ! ’ ’

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