Onthe main road there was a good deal of traffic, an unceasing noise of wheelsaccompanied by -the rhythmic sound of horses` hoofs trotting upon the smoothasphalt.
Butsuddenly the traffic stopped, and from Copou a group of people could be seenapproaching, gesticulating and shouting excitedly.
Thecrowd appeared to be escorting somebody: soldiers, a guard and various membersof the public. Curious onlookers appeared at every door of the inn.
“Ah,”thought Leiba, “they have laid hands on a thief.”
Theprocession drew nearer. Sura detached herself from the others, and joined Leibaon the steps of the inn.
“Whatis it, Sura?” he asked.
“Amadman escaped from Golia.”
“Letus close the inn so that he cannot get at us.”
“Heis bound now, but a while ago he escaped. He fought with all the soldiers. Arough Gentile in the crowd pushed a Jew against the madman and he bit him onthe chee