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CHARLES J. ROSEBAULT. Saladin. Prince of Chivalry

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CHARLES J. ROSEBAULT.
Saladin. Prince of Chivalry
page 8



what had been but politeness a moment before became J, after a brief acquaintance, a sympathetic accord. After all, there was much in common between these enemies through circumstance. Above all, a mutual readiness to recognize the qualities which superior men ever admire — valor, intelligence, physical fitness, efficiency. Saladin had just shown his mettle, he an almost untried warrior, by withstanding with only a small supporting force the assaults of a powerful army. As for Humphrey, second of his name, he had proved himself worthy of his inherited rank, on many a field of battle. There was much to impress the Moslem visitor in this intimate view of the noble knights of Christendom. Big men and powerful, the fame of whose mighty deeds had become a legend throughout the East. In their suits of heavy armor they had stood single-handed many a time against a score of fierce assailants, wielding their heavy swords and cumbersome lances as though these were light as reeds. Their haughty bearing, evidence of self-confidence, was possible only to exceptional men — as they must be indeed to have attained the honor of knighthood, which came only to the*"Slect. That much the Moslem knew, and the moment was propitious to gratify his curiosity to know more. So he begged his new-found friend to acquaint him with the principles upon which this renowned οτΑ ganization was founded, and the manner in which knighthood was acquired. Humphrey was willing enough to give the informa


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