signify, that the plague of evil spirits would cease, on the appearance of a force of Mahommedan Arabs, who were well known to be a source of terror to evil spirits and devils of every description. The Emperor was convinced, and sent a mission direct to the Prophet Mahomed, in which he begged the assistance of a few of the Prophet's followers. Mahomed sent 360 men, who, in due time, reached China. By virtue of their presence, the evil spirits vanished, and the country was restored to its former prosperity. The Arabs were treated with becoming honour, and allowed to settle, and establish themselves, in the vicinity of the Royal Capital. But in course of time their numbers increased to such an extent that the Chinese Government became anxious about its own safety ; and an arrangement was effected, by which the Arab population near Pekin was broken up, and sent in small parties to the confines of the empire ; where they have since established themselves, more or less firmly, and in some instances proclaimed their independence.
Chinese version.aAbout a thousand years ago, there was a great rebellion in China, and the Government was in danger. The reigning Sovereign at the time was Oung-lo-show ; and being in tribulation, he sent for assistance to a certain King, named Razzee or Khazee, who ruled over the countries to the west of China. A Mahommedan contingent of 10,000 men was sent, and with their assistance, the rebellion was suppressed, and the services of the contingent dispensed with. But a difficulty now arose, as to the return of the Mahommedans to their own country. They had been greatly reduced in numbers, and their inclination to stay where they were, and settle down in China, was encouraged by reports, which reached them, to the effect that a return to their own country was forbidden owing to long residence abroad, and their pollution as Mahommedans by contact with swine, and other abominations, which were known to abound in China. The remnant of the contingent was finally located in Yunnan, and settling down there, became peaceful subjects of the Emperor of China.
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