WITH THE SEVEN CHURCHES OF ASIA MINOR. 79
THE FAVOURITE ODALIQUE.
The female inmates of the seraglio are known by the names of Asseki and Odalique.
The first is distinguished by having given birth to a son: she has then separate apartments assigned to her, gardens, baths, and even a mosque for her own private devotions.
She has a regular income conferred upon her, called Paschmaklik, that is, " the revenue
of the sandal." It is assigned to purchase slippers, and called Turkish pin-money.
Whenever a city is taken by the sultan, he generally reserves one street or district of it
as a Paschmaklik. An Asseki sometimes builds a mosque from her immense revenue,
and thence, from the source from whence the means are derived, it is called the Djami
Paschmalk, or " the mosque of the slipper." The Odalique is a simple favourite, not
rendered eminent by any distinction. Between the Asseki and Odalique a jealousy and
a mortal animosity exist, which often cause frightful results; and the annals of the
seraglio are full of those tales of horror.
The mother of Mahomet IV. made a present to her son of a Georgian slave of great
beauty. Zachi, the dominant Asseki, felt those pangs of jealousy so congenial to the
place in which she lived, and resolved to get rid of her rival. On one occasion, while
the sultan was absent at the chase, in the woods of Belgrade, she sent for her, on the
pretext of showing her kindness and respect. The Odalique, though aware of her
danger, entered her apartment, and immediately heard behind her that shrill yelp which
marks the presence of a mute—the imperfect sound which the executioners of the seraglio
utter, when they are about to fulfil the murderous orders they receive. The unfortunate
Odalique turned round, and saw him with the bowstring ready: she submitted at once
to her inevitable fate, bent her beautiful head to the fatal loup, which immediately closed
upon it, and she lay dead at the feet of her rival.
SMYRNA, FROM THE HARBOUR.
The Bay of Smyrna is one of the largest and deepest in the Levant. At the
extremity rises the ancient city, crowning the distant hills, while the modern runs along
the low ground below, and seems on a level with the sea. Ships from all nations crowd
the water, and their various pennons, floating in the breeze, add to the gaiety of the scene.
The French are particularly distinguished. On every fete-day there is kept up a kind
of jubilee, and the gala of Paris seems transferred to this port: music resounds from
every deck ; boats filled with joyous company are continually moving from ship to ship
on visits of ceremony; and the explosion of cannon, rebounding in echoes along the
distant hills, announce their arrival and departure. In fact, of all the Frank nations, the