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other diviners who paid attention to combs.    It is

said that, when this conqueror of the world fell into

the hands of his enemies, he recovered his liberty

by die assistance of Amir Shir Khan, who, having

given him a mare of Kirang, enabled him to join his

men, who had already despaired of his life.    Tuli

Khan, who was then in his infancy, said one day:

" My father, sitting upon a mare of Kirang, is com-

4C ing near."   On this very day, the Khan returned

in that manner to his camp.   When the Turks saw

the wonders of  his acts, they opened freely the

road of their affection to him.   Such was his justice

and equity, that in his army nobody was bold enough

to take up a whip thrown on the road, except the

proprietor of it; lying and thieving were unknown

in his camp.    Every woman among the Khorasa-

nian, who had a husband living, had no attempt

upon her person to fear.    Thus we read in the

Tabkat Nds'eri, " the degrees of Nas'er,"' that when

Malik Tdj~ed din, surnamed the King of Ghor, re-

1 This is a work of Nas'er eddin Tusi (about whom, see vol. II. p. 417,
note 2, and p. 449). He was the favorite minister of Hulagu Khan,
whose arms he had successfully directed against Baghdad and the Khalif.
The Khan, after his conquests, took up his residence at Maragha, in
Aderbigan; there he assembled philosophers and astronomers to culti-
vate science, under the direction of Nas'er eddin. In our days the place
is still shown where the observatory of this astronomer was situated,
and where he compiled the astronomic tables, known under the name
of Jal-khanm'.