AKBAR, EMPEROR OF INDIA. 23 monarch who was brought in contact day by day with im- moderate flattery and idolatrous veneration. Well did Akbar know that no Oriental nation can be governed with- out a display of dazzling splendor; but in the midst of the fabulous luxury with which Akbar's court was fitted out and his camp on the march, in the possession of an incom- parably rich harern which accompanied the Emperor on his expeditions and journeys in large palatial tents, Akbar always showed a remarkable moderation. It is true that he abolished the prohibition of wine which Islam had in- augurated and had a court cellar in his palace, but he him- self drank only a little wine and only ate once a day and then did not fully satisfy his hunger at this one meal which he ate alone and not at any definite time.21 Though he was not strictly a vegetarian yet he lived mainly on rice, milk, fruits and sweets, and meat was repulsive to him. He is said to have eaten meat hardly more than four times a year.22 Akbar was very fond of flowers and perfumes and especially enjoyed blooded doves whose care he well under- stood. About twenty thousand of these peaceful birds are said to have made their home on the battlements of his palace. His historian23 relates: "His Majesty deigned to improve them in a marvelous manner by crossing the races which had not been done formerly." Akbar was passionately fond of hunting and pursued the noble sport in its different forms, especially the tiger hunt and the trapping of wild elephants,24 but he also hunted with trained falcons and leopards, owning no less than nine hundred hunting leopards. He was not fond of battue; he enjoyed the excitement and exertion of the aNoer, II, 355- 22 J. T. Wheeler, IV, I, 169, following the old English geographer Samuel Purchas. 33 Abul Fazl in Noer, I, 511. 84 M. Elphinstone, 519.