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Ali Baba

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Ali Baba Part II
The Captain impersonated an oil merchant and asked Ali Baba for a place to stay.
The Captain impersonated an oil merchant and asked Ali Baba for a place to stay.
©2007 Publications International, Ltd.

Below is the second part of "Ali Baba."

Their leader was angry and said, "Who will get this right?"

One brave thief stepped forward.

"Here is some red chalk," the Captain offered. "Mark the door, and I will lead 30 men to storm Ali Baba's home."

The thief did as he was told, but again Morgiana played her trick on the Captain and his 30 thieves.

The Captain decided to use all his power against Ali Baba. The Forty Thieves gathered together and made a plan. The Captain would disguise himself as an oil merchant. He would lead a train of mules that carried 39 barrels. The thieves would hide inside the barrels and await their Captain's signal. It was a great plan.

Early that night, they arrived at Ali Baba's shop.

"I have brought some oil to sell at market tomorrow," the Captain lied. "But tonight I need a place to stay and I have a lot of cargo. Will you take me in?"

Ali Baba was as generous as usual. "Of course you can stay here," he replied. "Leave your cargo in back. There is hay there for the mules. Then come in for dinner."

In the yard, the Captain whispered to his men, "Wait until you hear my signal. Then, leave your barrels and storm the house."

Morgiana helped Ali Baba's family feed their guest. She thought it strange that a man would arrive so early for market, but the oil merchant seemed very polite.

After everyone had gone to bed, Morgiana finished cleaning up. Her lamp ran out of oil. She thought she'd have to finish cleaning in the dark until she remembered the barrels of oil in the yard.

She walked up to a barrel. A voice whispered, "Is it time?"

Morgiana sensed danger. She answered, "Not yet, but soon." Then, gathering some hay around each barrel, Morgiana lit the hay with a torch. The 39 cowardly thieves coughed from the smoke. They popped out from their barrels and ran away to keep from getting burned.

Morgiana set fires around the thieves to smoke them out.
Morgiana set fires around the thieves to smoke them out.
©2007 Publications International, Ltd.

The Captain of Thieves made his signal, but none of his men moved. Something had gone wrong again. The Captain returned to the cave to find his 39 robbers gone. Now on his own, the thief decided he would have to use all his cunning to plan his revenge. It would take time, too.

The Captain dressed as a shop owner, went into town, and took up lodgings at an inn. He opened a shop across the road from Ali Baba's shop. The Captain lived as Cogia Hassan for many months. He waited in this disguise until just the right moment.

After a while, Ali Baba invited the newest shop owner over for dinner. Cogia Hassan graciously accepted and brought a basket of fine goods. He smiled as he met Ali Baba and his family.

The Captain dressed as a shop owner, and Ali Baba invited him to dinner.
The Captain dressed as a shop owner, and Ali Baba invited him to dinner.
©2007 Publications International, Ltd.

Despite his politeness, Cogia Hassan carried a dagger in his cloak. The blade was intended for Ali Baba and his son.

Morgiana saw the dagger first. She then recognized the man as the oil merchant who had threatened Ali Baba's household.

Morgiana quickly came up with a plan. She wore long, flowing scarves, then entered the dining room to dance for the guest.

Morgiana danced close to Cogia Hassan. Stepping behind him, Morgiana wrapped the scarf lightly around his arms then pulled hard. He could not move.

Morgiana spotted the Captain's disguise.
Morgiana spotted the Captain's disguise.
©2007 Publications International, Ltd.

"What are you doing?" Ali Baba cried. "This man is our guest."

"He is your enemy," she explained. "He has a dagger!"

At that, Ali Baba's son seized the dagger, and the Captain of Thieves was sent directly to prison.

"I owe you my life, Morgiana," Ali Baba said. "Please marry my son and join our family in name as well as deed."

Morgiana agreed and they celebrated with a splendid wedding.

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