The story opens in a Hindu temple of Buddha in Northern India, where six priests are performing the rites of their ancient religion. A band of Tartar coolies steal in and attack the devotees. The sacred eye of Buddha, a magnificent emerald, flashes fire, and the coolies fall back in awe. One overcomes his fear and gouging the stone from the head of the idol escapes. One of the priests, just as he is dying, curses the despoilers and pronounces a malediction upon the possessors of the stone. Djalma, the high priest, discovers the dead bodies and vows to devote his life to the recovery of the sacred stone. The curse soon shows its effects. The coolies, who have reached the desert, quarrel, and one kills the others. In the jungle he becomes a madman, and throws the emerald away. It hangs suspended in the air, and as he dies it settles on his breast. It is found by a caravan who take it to Sir Hugh Wheeler, the English commandant, who purchases it for his niece. The merchant who sells it ...
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