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CHARLES J. ROSEBAULT. Saladin. Prince of Chivalry

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CHARLES J. ROSEBAULT.
Saladin. Prince of Chivalry
page 123



seest. If he does not come, I will myself come to him, and that tomorrow." Such is the relation of one friendly to the Sheik, and he goes on to tell how the Sultan declined the Old Man's invitation, regarding it as a trap. Sinan then went to the top of a nearby mountain, accompanied by his two aids, whereupon Saladin stationed troops around the base, expecting to capture all three. But when the soldiers, led by some fifty of his " emirs and men of mark," were ordered to advance up the mountain they found themselves unable to move. A numbing force controlled their limbs and held them powerless. The Sultan tried unarmed messengers, but they too found their efforts unavailing against the unseen power. Saladin was greatly disturbed by the reports of his agents. Some magic power must surely be working for this foe, who claimed, indeed, to be an incarnation of the Deity. While Saladin would not accept this, he was not so certain that here was not a personification of the Evil Spirit. A doubt of his ability, being merely human after all, to master one supported by supernatural forces arose in his perplexed mind. Still, he did not give way at once. To detect attempts to enter his tent in the night he had powdered chalk and ashes strewn around it, torches were given to the guards, and the latter changed frequently. Nevertheless, his sleep was uneasy and he was oppressed by a conviction that he was surrounded by the unseen agents of his maleficent enemy.


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