Books Should Be Free is now
Loyal Books
Free Public Domain Audiobooks & eBook Downloads
Search by: Title, Author or Keyword

Jimgrim and Allah's Peace   By: (1879-1940)

Book cover

First Page:


by Talbot Mundy

To Jimgrim: whose real name, rank, and military distinctions, I promised never to make public.


I. "Look for a man named Grim." II. "No objection; Only a stipulation." III. "Do whatever the leader of the escort tells you." IV. "I am willing to use all means all methods." V. "D'you mind if I use you?" VI. "That man will repay study." VII. "Who gives orders to me?" VIII. "He will say next that it was he who set the stars in the sky over El Kerak, and makes the moon rise!" IX. "Feet downwards, too afraid to yell" X. "Money doesn't weigh much!" XI. "And the rest of the acts of Ahaziah " XII. "You know you'll get scuppered if you're found out!" XIII. "You may now be unsafe and an outlaw and enjoy yourself!" XIV. "Windy bellies without hearts in them." XV. "I'll have nothing to do with it!" XVI. "The enemy is nearly always useful if you leave him free to make mistakes." XVII. "Poor old Scharnhoff's in the soup." XVIII. "But we're ready for them." XIX. "Dead or Alive, Sahib." XX. "All men are equal in the dark."

Chapter One

"Look for a man named Grim."

There is a beautiful belief that journalists may do exactly as they please, and whenever they please. Pleasure with violet eyes was in Chicago. My passport describes me as a journalist. My employer said: "Go to Jerusalem." I went, that was in 1920.

I had been there a couple of times before the World War, when the Turks were in full control. So I knew about the bedbugs and the stench of the citadel moat; the pre war price of camels; enough Arabic to misunderstand it when spoken fluently, and enough of the Old Testament and the Koran to guess at Arabian motives, which are important, whereas words are usually such stuff as lies are made of.

El Kudz, as Arabs call Jerusalem, is, from a certain distance, as they also call it, shellabi kabir. Extremely beautiful. Beautiful upon a mountain. El Kudz means The City, and in a certain sense it is that, to unnumbered millions of people. Ludicrous, uproarious, dignified, pious, sinful, naively confidential, secretive, altruistic, realistic. Hoary ancient and ultra modern. Very, very proud of its name Jerusalem, which means City of Peace. Full to the brim with the malice of certainly fifty religions, fifty races, and five hundred thousand curious political chicaneries disguised as plans to save our souls from hell and fill some fellow's purse. The jails are full.

"Look for a man named Grim," said my employer. "James Schuyler Grim, American, aged thirty four or so. I've heard he knows the ropes."

The ropes, when I was in Jerusalem before the war, were principally used for hanging people at the Jaffa Gate, after they had been well beaten on the soles of their feet to compel them to tell where their money was hidden. The Turks entirely understood the arts of suppression and extortion, which they defined as government. The British, on the other hand, subject their normal human impulse to be greedy, and their educated craving to be gentlemanly white man's burden bearers, to a process of compromise. Perhaps that isn't government. But it works. They even carry compromise to the point of not hanging even their critics if they can possibly avoid doing it. They had not yet, but they were about to receive a brand new mandate from a brand new League of Nations, awkwardly qualified by Mr. Balfour's post Armistice promise to the Zionists to give the country to the Jews, and by a war time promise, in which the French had joined, to create an Arab kingdom for the Arabs.

So there was lots of compromising being done, and hell to pay, with no one paying, except, of course, the guests in the hotels, at New York prices. The Zionist Jews were arriving in droves. The Arabs, who owned most of the land, were threatening to cut all the Jews' throats as soon as they could first get all their money. Feisal, a descendant of the Prophet, who had fought gloriously against the Turks, was romantically getting ready in Damascus to be crowned King of Syria... Continue reading book >>

eBook Downloads
ePUB eBook
• iBooks for iPhone and iPad
• Nook
• Sony Reader
Kindle eBook
• Mobi file format for Kindle
Read eBook
• Load eBook in browser
Text File eBook
• Computers
• Windows
• Mac

Review this book

Popular Genres
More Genres
Paid Books