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M.Besant E.Walter
Jerusalem, the city of Herod and Saladin

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M.Besant E.Walter
Jerusalem, the city of Herod and Saladin
page 172



been unable to leave behind, fell dead from their perches ; the hounds deserted their masters, and went away to seek for water ; the horses themselves, in which the hope of the soldier was placed, lay down and died. At last they came to a river ; even this timely relief was fatal, for three hundred killed themselves by drinking too much. They rested, after this disastrous march, at Antiocheia, the former capital of Pisidia. Here Eaymond fell ill, but happily recovered, and Godfrey was dangerously wounded in a conflict with a bear. To account for the discomfiture of the prince, it is recorded that the bear was the biggest and most ferocious bear ever seen. During their stay at Antiocheia, Tancred and Baldwin— the former with a detachment of Balians, the latter with one of Flemings—were sent to explore the country, to bring help to the Christians, and report on the means of obtaining. provisions. They went first to Iconium ; finding no enemies, they went southwards, and Tancred, leading the way, made an easy conquest of Tarsus, promising to spare the lives of the garrison. Baldwin arrived the next day, and on perceiving the flag of Tancred on the towers, insisted, on the ground that his own force was superior in numbers, on taking it down and replacing it by his own. A violent quarrel arose, the first of the many which were to disgrace the history of the Crusades. Neither would give way. They agreed at last to refer the dispute to the inhabitants. These, at first, gave the preference to Tancred ; but at last,, yielding to the threats of Baldwin, transferred their allegiance to him, and threw Tancred's flag over the ramparts. Tancred withdrew, indignant, and marched with all his men to Adana, an important place some twenty miles from Tarsus. This he found in the possession of a Burgundian adventurer, who had got a company of pilgrims to follow him, and seized the place. History does not deign, unfortunately, to notice the exploits of the viri óbscuri, but it is clear


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