merely nominal, and all their earnings were their own to do what they liked with, and their owners never saw them except when, at the end of Ramadan, they called to pay their respects.
To all intents and purposes, they were as much freemen as the free-born, inasmuch as they were relieved from all obligation to their masters.
To proceed on the lines that, because they were not free-born they must be slaves, one would have to clear out the Seedy-boy stokers from the British fleet in the Indian Ocean, and all the mail, passenger, and freight steamers which ship them at Aden and Bombay, Calcutta, Singapore, and Yoko-hama.
All the British consulates on the East Coast — Zanzibar, Madagascar, etc.--would have to be charged with conniving at the slave-trade, as also all the British merchants in those places, because they employed house-servants, door and horse-boys, who were nominally slaves.
White men are not in the habit of proceeding to an Arab slave-owner, and agreeing with him as