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Braley, Berton (ed.) / The Wisconsin literary magazine
Vol. II, No. 6 (March 1905)

Underwood, Walter Scott
Lissa,   pp. 211-217


Page 211


LISSA.
                        LISSA
                 By Walter Scott Underwood
  It was midnight in "Mysterious Asia." At midnight the
great World's Fair closed all its doors, and, by ones and twos,
the last stragglers hurried through the big gate.  The
anxious looking souvenir hunter, triumphant over a few
trinkets, yet fearful lest he had paid too much for them; the
supremely happy little Filipino soldier; the pair of youths
in cheap showy clothes,-all these and other stayers trailed
down the booth-lined street, out onto the "Pike." The tired
"barker" closed the gate and fastened it with a wooden bar.
  Hardly had the bar dropped into its socket when "Mysteri-
ous Asia" became alive with its inhabitants. Jugglers,
musicians, fakirs, performers of all kinds, jostled and pushed
by each other. The camel drivers prepared their great
beasts for the night's rest, then hurried to their own quart-
ers; the dark-skinned servants of the cafes straightened up
their chairs and left. With one accord, it seemed, the booth
keepers lifted the tawdry but tempting wares from their
hinged shelves in front, pushed up these shelves and disap-
peared,-save one.
  Half way down the street, across from the shed where the
"largest elephant in the world" stood on his concealed plat-
form, the booth of Kaism the Persian rug-seller was still
open.
  A few moments before the big exhibit closed, a tall,
rather well-featured man in the dress of a Syrian might have
been seen to dart across the street and enter Kasim's booth.
It was Nazif Jerrasadi, the owner of four white-nosed donk-
eys, and husband of the chief dancer of the "Grand Oriental
Theater" which stood near the gate. Nazif's wife was "the
far-famed Princess Lissa, true daughter of the Orient and
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