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XIX. The Masters of the Bureaus.

The master of the bureau of memorials formulates and issues all rescripts, and responds to petitions.

The master of the bureau of correspondence deals with deputations from states, consultations * and petitions.

The master of the bureau of requests deals with the hearing of cases and petitions.
The master of the bureau of Greek Correspondence either himself formulates those letters which are usually issued in Greek, or when they have been formulated in Latin translates them into Greek.

No one of these has a staff of his own, but assistants chosen from the bureaus.

[*] References to the imperial authority of questions on which provincial magistrates were in doubt: appeals from judges rather than against them.

XX. The Proconsul of Asia.

Under the control of the worshipful proconsul of Asia are the provinces mentioned below:
The Islands,


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XIV The Count of the Private Domain

Under the control of the illustrious count of the private domain:
The imperial estates,
The accountants of the private domain,
The private baggage train,
The provosts of the herds [* of horses] and stables,
The procurators of the pastures.

The staff of the aforesaid illustrious count of the private domain
A chief clerk of the whole staff,
A chief clerk of remitted taxes,
A chief clerk of the fixed taxes,
A chief clerk of receipts, [* for taxes paid]
A chief clerk of the bureau of private bounties, and other, clerks of the aforesaid bureaus,
A deputy chief clerk of the whole staff, who has charge of the documents of that staff, and other palatine [officials]

The count of the private domain is entitled to as many post- warrants in the year as his occasions may require.

XV The Count of the Household Horse. The Count of the Household Foot.

Under the control of the i

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The staff of the aforesaid illustrious master of the offices is made up from the school of confidential agents as follows:

A chief assistant,
two aids,
three for the arsenals,
four for the embroiderers in gold:
for the diocese of the East one, for the diocese of Asia one, for the diocese of Pontus one, for the diocese of the Thraces and Illyricum one.

An inspector of the public post in the presence,
Inspectors for all the provinces,
Interpreters for various peoples.

The master of the offices himself issues post-warrants.

[*1] So called from their attending in the schola, or hall of the palace.

[*2] A word of no religious import, but pointing only to the origin of this school from one social class of certain Scythian peoples who were living in a federate relation to the empire.

[*3] Agentes in rebus, a class of highly paid civil agents, who were designed to keep the central government in touc

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The staff of the aforesaid office of the master in the presence is [made up from officers] enrolled with the forces and assigned to staff duty.

It includes the officers below mentioned:
A chief of staff,
Two accountants (numerarii),
A custodian,
Chief clerks (primiscrinios), who become accountants,
Secretaries and other attendants (apparitores).

The master of the soldiery in the presence is entitled to fifteen post-warrants in the year.

[*] For the organization and strength of the army at this period see Bury’s Gibbon, Vol. II, App. 12. A summary of his statements, embodying the results of Montrusen’s study, is here given;

A. Organization.

I. The borderers (limitanei, ripenses) were stationed on the frontiers and served as cultivators of lands allotted to them as well as soldiers.

II. Imperial troops.

b. Troops of the second line (pseudo-comitatenses).
c. Palatine troop

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The officials named in the text received high salaries. After working through to the highest staff position, which was commonly held for either one or two years, they were eligible for the lower governorships, as presidents or correctors. and so on till the highest stations were reached.

The Latin titles have been given to make it clear that the translation cannot be an exact equivalent for the terms in use under a system so different from anything now in existence.

[*2] The cursus publicus was the post-service for the conveyance of government dispatches and of government officials. It was elaborately organized and very effective. Its control was in the bands of the pretorian prefects. Its control was in the hands of the pretorian prefects and and the master’s of the offices. Other officers were limited in their use of this service, as the last paragraph of each chapter in the Notitia shows. There is no reference to this service in the Notitia of the West,

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II The Pretorian Prefect of the East.

Under the control of the illustrious* pretorian prefect of the East are the dioceses below mentioned:

[*] Each of the great officials of the empire at this time was dignified and graded by one of three titles: illustris, ” illustrious; ” speciabilis, ” worshipful;” clarissimus, “right honorable.” The first of these titles is the highest. A study of the Notitia will show the bearers of the respective titles. In general, it may be said that the illustrious correspond in rank to our cabinet officers, the worshipful to our State governors and highest military officers, and the right honorable to our brigadier-generals and colonels. See the references to Gibbon, Bury and Hodgkin in the bibliography, p. 40.

of the East; of Egypt; of Asia; of Pontus; of Thrace.


of [the diocese of] the East fifteen:
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I. Register of the Dignitaries Both Civil and Military, in the Districts of the East.

The pretorian prefect of the East.
The pretorian prefect of Illyricum.
The prefect of the city of Constantinople.
Two masters of horse and foot in the presence.
[The master] of horse and foot in the East.
[The master] of horse and foot in Thrace.
[The master] of horse and foot in Illyricum.
The provost of the sacred bedchamber.
The master of the offices.
The quaestor.
The count of the sacred bounties.
The count of the private domains.
Two counts of the household troops:
of horse,
of foot.

The superintendent of the sacred bedchamber.
The chief of the notaries.
The castellan of the sacred palace.

The masters of bureaus:
of memorials,
of correspondence,
of requests,
of Greek [versions].

Two proconsuls:
of Asia; of Achaia.
The count of the East.
The Augustal prefect.

Four vicars:

The Story of Abou Hassan the Wag or the Sleeper Awakened part 7

It was then the close of the night, and Abou Hassan, awaking, and hearing the sounds of the lutes, and tambourines, and flutes, and the singing of the slave girls, cried out, O my mother! Whereupon the slave girls answered, At thy service, O Prince of the Faithful! And when he heard this, he exclaimed, There is no strength nor power but in God, the High, the Great! Come to my help this night; for this night is more unlucky than the former!

He reflected upon all that had happened to him with his mother, and how he had beaten her, and how he had been taken into the madhouse, and he saw the marks of the beating that he had suffered there. Then looking at the scene that surrounded him, he said, These are all of them of the Genii, in the shapes of human beings! I commit my affairs unto Allah!

And looking toward a mamlouk by his side, he said to him, Bite my ear, that I may know if I be asleep or awake. The mamlouk said, How shall I bite thine ear, when thou art the

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“Guess we, too, have to turn into moor-hens `and wade out,” said Ondra thoughtfully, “or else—”

“Oh, you idiot! Just wait till we get out of this! I`ll break every bone in your body! We`ll drown here like rats! You ass!”

“No, we won`t drown, Mr. Commissioner, we won`t drown, don`t be afraid. In this darkness anyone would miss the way. Just be calm,” said Ondra, and began to examine the harness. Then he proceeded to buckle and unbuckle various straps, swearing loudly, tying, untying, cursing incessantly. Finally he resumed his place on the driver`s seat, swung his whip and shouted, “Vyee, there! Go on!”

The horses pulled and went forward. Suddenly one of them slipped loose from the shaft and staggered ahead in the mire, free of the har-ness. The other horse stood still with the coach.

“Ho, you! What`s happened now?” shrieked the commissioner.

“Stop, you! Dorcha, Dorcha!” called Ondra to th

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“Whip `em up! Hurry up! You lazybones! We`ll freeze to death!” shrieked the furious commissioner.

Ondra indifferently shouted to the horses and drowsily swung his whip over their heads, but as before they wearily, inertly dragged on the coach as if they had heard nothing at all.

Ondra was thinking of the miserable Stanoycho whose rye the com-missioner was going to confiscate early next morning.

“It was you brought me this misfortune, Ondra,” Stanoycho would say to him, and when he`d be through blaming him, he`d ask Ondra, to join his family in their meal, and then he`d weep. Yes, he would surely weep. Stanoycho`s heart was soft. Ondra knew that.

He must help the poor fellow, contrive to tell him to hide his rye overnight and sweep the granary clean, or else all the coming year he`d be stretching his lean ears in hunger. Yes, he must do something!

Nothing was distinguishable but mud—-deep, thick mud. The road l