The Sheik

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Mohammed's land -
   Where saint and sinner chant
         as one
Their praise to Allah - bowing low
   Beneath a desert sun.

                  - Holmes.

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  "ALLAH is ALLAH - there is no
God but Allah!"

3
  In this world of peace and flame
Lies a palm garden of the Sahara -
A blessed oasis of the sands.

4
Maidens chosen for the marriage
   market -
An ancient custom by which
Wives are secured for the wealthy
   sons of Allah.

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Zilah, one of the prizes destined
for the marriage lottery.
		          Ruth Miller

6
A tribal chieftan protests the sale
of his sweetheart.
        Yousaef - George Waggener

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  The Shiek, Ahmed Ben Hassan,
upon whose shoulders has fallen
the heritage of leadership.
                Rudolph Valentino

8
  "When love is more desired than 
riches, it is the will of Allah. Let
another be chosen."

9
  On the way to the harems of the
         rich merchants
To obey and serve like chattel
         slaves.

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Biskra the Beautiful -
   Gateway to the desert.

11
  A city of adventure -
       Where the new civilization
Rubs elbows with the old

12
  "Are you going to attend Diana
Mayo's farewell dance this evening."

13
  "I am not! I thoroughly disap-
prove of this young madcap's
wild schemes!"

14
  "The idea of Diana Mayo plan-
ning a tour alone into the desert,
with only native camel-drivers and
Arabs!"

15
  "We English cannot be too careful
of our behavior abroad. It is the
maddest piece of folly I ever heard
of."

16
  The subject of all the gossip,
the orphan daughter of an English
poet, Lady Diana Mayo.
                    Agnes Ayres

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Her brother, Sir Aubrey, who for
years has vainly striven to curb
Diana's reckless spirit of daring.
                      Frank Butler

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Diana's guide into the desert,
Mustapha Ali.
              Charles Brindley

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  "I have a good mind to make you 
give up this insane trip."

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  "I've made up my mind, dear
brother."

21
  Evening in the Monte Carlo of
the Sahara.

22
  "Diana, I love you. Postpone this
trip and give me the right to go
with you."

23
  "Marriage is captivity - the end
of independence. I am content with
my life as it is."

24
  "It is the great Shiek Ahmed Ben
Hassan. He is entertaining at the
Casino tonight."

25
  "Mademoiselle will be disap-
pointed - the Casino is closed to
all except Arabs."

26
  "And why should a savage desert 
bandit keep us out of any public 
place."

27
  "Sheik Ahmed is not a savage. He
is a rich tribal prince, who was
educated in Paris. In Biskra his
slightest wish is law."

28
  "Go to the dancer and ask if I may 
borrow one of her costumes for the 
evening."

29
Like a page from the Arabian
     nights -
  The marriage gamble
Where brides are won
  on the turn of the wheel.

30
  "Oh, sons of Allah! Gaze upon the 
charms of Halima, loveliest flower
of the desert."

31
  To the cultured English girl this
marriage fair suggests the slave
of the barbarous past.

32
  "The pale hands and the golden 
hair of a white woman."

33
  "By whose invitation do you
come here?"

34
  "I wanted to see the savage who
could bar me from this Casino."

35
  "With your permission, the savage
will escort you to the door."

36
  "It is the English woman whom
I am to guide into the desert 
tomorrow."

37
  Dawn with the Arab under the 
lure of the defiant English girl.

38
"Beautiful dreamer wake
   unto me,
Starlight and dewdrop
   are waiting for thee."

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Into the sand garden
    of the sun -

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--- with her brother
accompanying her on
the first day's journey.

41
  "Don't worry, Aubrey, I shall
join you in London in a month
- goodbye."

42
"Lie still, you little fool!"

43
  Her exultant dream of freedom
ended - a helpless captive in the
desert wastes.

44
  Gaston, the French valet, in the
Sheik's service since his school days
in France.
			Lucien Littlefield

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  "Why have you brought me 
here?"

46
  "Are you not woman enough to
know?"

47
  "Do you know how beautiful 
you are?"

48
  "I am not accustomed to having 
my orders disobeyed."

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  "And I am not accustomed to 
obeying orders."

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"You will learn!"

51
  "You make a very charming boy,
but it was not a boy I saw two
nights ago in Biskra."

52
  "Your luggage has arrived. You
will dress for dinner."

53
  "See that Mademoiselle is given
every comfort and attend to her
luggage at once."

54
  "I speak French, Madame, and
come to serve my master's bride."

55
  An hour of anguished revolt,
while a savage sand-storm sweeps
in from the fevered wastes.

56
  "Do you think you can keep me 
here when I am missed by my 
friends in Biskra?"

57
  "You will not be missed until it
is too late -"

58
  "- too late for anyone to learn
your whereabouts - the desert is a
great hiding place."

59
  "Better remain here, for in that
sand fury you would not live an
hour."

60
  "You are so pretty and if I choose,
I can make you love me."

61
"I would rather you killed me."

62
  "Master, the horses! They have
broken loose!"

63
Through the dull slumber of 
   despair -
 Until morning tempts back
   A desire to live.

64
  For Madame to wear - the
master's orders.

65
After a week of sullen obedience.

66
"Beautiful dreamer wake
   unto me,
Starlight and dewdrop
   are waiting for thee."

67
"Pale hands, pink tipped!"

68
  "Then it was you who sang
beneath my window in
Biskra?"

69
  "I always sing when I am happy -
when events and things please me."

70
  "My friend from Paris is coming
for a visit - Raoul de St Hubert.
That is why I am happy - that is
why I sing."

71
  "Are you going to bring him here
and let him see me - like this?"

72
  "You are here and so it is my
wish that you should cordially
receive my guest."

73
  "You will return Mademoiselle's 
possessions to her at once."

74
  "I am leaving for Biskra to be
gone three days. During my ab-
sence, amuse yourself - you will
have the saddle horses and Gaston
to keep you company."

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"Gaston will return your clothes."

76
  "You hate them so much - my
kisses?"

77
As the hour approaches when 
Diana must face the humiliating 
ordeal of meeting a man from her 
own world.

78
  The French Novelist, Dr. Raoul
de St. Hubert.
               Adolphe Menjou

79
  "She is very fascinating, Raoul.
Be careful - she will surely bewitch 
you."

80
  "Does the past mean so little to 
you that you now steal white 
women and make love to them 
like a savage?"

81
  "When an Arab sees a woman
that he wants, he takes her!"

82
A desert bandit trespasses
In the domain of the Sheik Ahmed,
Under the guise of a holy caravan.

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Omair, the bandit.
	Walter Long

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  "Where is Gaston? What are you 
doing here?"

85
  "I did not have the courage to 
face the stranger. Oh, be kind to 
me Ahmed, please?"

86
  "If I had arrived a moment later,
you would have been picked up
by that caravan and carried away
from me."

87
  At dinner St. Hubert reveals
himself as a chivalrous gentleman
of tact.

88
  "If you would permit me, I should
like to retire, sir!"

89
"You might have spared her."

90
  "My presence here! The humilia-
tion of meeting a man from her
own world."

91
"She is content."

92
  Desert days bring to the captive
and the novelist a closer under-
standing.

93
  "Your story is wonderful, but is
it real?"

94
  "Does there really exist such a
man as you have drawn - as tender
and faithful as your hero?"

95
  "I do know such a man - one
who could develop into such a
character."

96
  "The men in my life have not
known the meaning of tender-
ness - have thought only of 
themselves."

97
  "Unfortunately, beautiful women
provoke in some men all that is
base in their characters."

98
  "And the woman pays for the 
beauty God has given her."

99
  "Excuse me - my ideas cannot
possibly interest you."

100
  "On the contrary, they interest
me profoundly."

101
  "As what - a subject for vivisec-
tion? The victim is ready. It will
make interesting material for your
next book."

102
  "If you will honor me with your 
friendship, my life is at your 
service."

103
  "Come quickly, doctor! There has
been an accident!"

104
"Ahmed!"

105
  "One of the men - a gun exploded
in his hand."

106
  "You see, Mademoiselle - it is all
right!"

107
In the harem of Omair, the bandit.

108
  "This white woman of Ahmed
Ben Hassan - bring me word of
her. Learn if she is guarded well."

109
  "I cannot ride today. Gaston will
accompany you. You won't run 
away again?"

110
  "I want you to carry this always.
The spies of Omair are still in the
neighborhood."

111
"I trust you."

112
  "You have not changed your 
mind about Mademoiselle?"

113
  Eventide, when the vast undu-
lating sand dunes throw their 
shadows.

114
"A spy of Omair, the bandit."

115
  "One more reason for restoring
Mademoiselle to her people. Let
me take her with me when I return
to Biskra."

116
  "Has she bewitched you, too?
You want her for yourself."

117
  "How I have made her suffer!
Merciful Allah, why does it give
me so little pleasure."

118
"Because you love her."

119
  "You are right. I cannot see her
again. Take her safely to Biskra -
bid her goodbye for me. Then, my
friend, return to me in my lone-
liness."

120
  "Do not let me fall into their
hands."

121
  The stronghold of the barbarous
Omair.

122
"Monsieur! Madame - Omair!"

123
Nightfall on the oasis,
    Where the tribal clans gather
At the call of their chieftain.

124
  "I have sent for reinforcements.
When they arrive, let them follow."

125
  "Bring forth the white gazelle and
guard closely the jealous one."

126
"Ahmed! Ahmed!"

127
  "Call, beautiful one! Your lover
will not come! He has forgotten 
you."

128
"Is he dying?"

129
"It rests with Allah. We must get
      him away from here."

130
  While tribal hearts appeal to
Allah.

131
  "He is sleeping. There is still 
hope."

132
  "His hand is so large for an
Arab."

133
  "He is not an Arab. His father
was an Englishman, his mother
a Spaniard."

134
  "Twenty-five years ago the old
Sheik Ben Hassan found Ahmed's
mother and father deserted by
their escort - left to die on the
desert."

135
  "Growing to manhood as an Arab,
he was sent to Paris to be educated
and upon the Sheik's death, re-
turned to the desert to assume
leadership of the tribe."

136
  "Pray God, dear friend, to save
his life. Oh, if He would only
accept my life in exchange for
his!"

137
  "Diana, my beloved! The darkness
has passed and now the sunshine."

138
"All things are with Allah!"

THE 
   End

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