Part III, Chapter VI = LVI: On the Interesting Anecdotes of Beggars.
f209b-f210a ff244 1593 Introduction describing the different methods of begging. Abú Zayd as-Sarújí’s earnest advice to his son about the choice of a profession, beggary being the best of all. (The Maqámát of al-Ḥarírí as the source.)
f210b f244b 1594 Narrative of the marvellous feats of the family of Shaykh ‘Abbás of Níshápúr, the prince of beggars.
f211b f245b 1595 Another artful beggar plays a hoax on the people of Níshápúr, and col­lects money under the pretence of showing his tail which (he said) was a relic of his ancestors, who had been turned into apes.
f212a 1596 The Qádhí of Úsh in Farghána plays a practical joke on the people of Sístán, makes himself dumb, adopts the profession of a water-bearer, and implores the chief Qádhí to pray for the recovery of the lost faculty. After a time he visits the Qádhí to thank him for the restoration of his speech, asks permission to show his gratitude in a public oration, collects a large amount of money, and on his way home sends a humorous piece of composition to the people of Sístán revealing his identity and their stupidity. (The Miftáḥu’n-Najáḥ (?) of the Qádhí of Úsh as the source.)
f212b 1597 Two beggars make a mutual contract: one of them establishes his reputation as a pious preacher in Rayy, while the other comes from outside and claims damages for manslaughter from the former; the people sympathise with their preacher and subscribe a large sum for him.
f213a f246a 1598 The mischievous pact of a mad person in the Bímáristán of Ghazna with a turban-mender in the town.
1599 Abú Duláma, the poet, cajoles the Caliph as-Saffáḥ, and obtains rewards from him. (The Mulaḥu’n-Nawádir as the source).
      The chapter ends with a panegyric on the Wazír.