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CHARLES J. ROSEBAULT. Saladin. Prince of Chivalry

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CHARLES J. ROSEBAULT.
Saladin. Prince of Chivalry
page 137



J. Jtluf ÎVJLAIN J^LIM&JSJLJ?' I2Ç and interest, refrained from describing their greatest hero. What the times lacked was a good reporter, one of the kind developed by metropolitan journalism in our own day. Here was one of the outstanding figures of all time, unlike his fellows in many significant personal characteristics, a definite, positive individual, hard as steel where his principles were involved, yet surprisingly responsive to emotional appeal, a Lord Bountiful inspired to perform many gracious and beautiful acts, magnificent in his attitude towards life and contemptuous of its pettiness, yet withal practical in meeting its problems, extraordinarily successful considering his obstacles, but never losing touch with facts or the fleeting character of temporal triumphs, yet the teeming records of his progress missed so many details we fain would know! Scott speaks of his manners as " grave, graceful and decorous," in which he is abundantly supported by the evidence, but whence did he draw the inference suggested in his assertion that these indicated " the habitual restraint which men and women of warm and choleric temper often set as a guard upon the native impetuosity of disposition"? How does this accord with the known facts ? One evening when he was tired by the strenuous exertions of an unusually harassing day, and was about to retire, an old slave entered his tent bearing a petition which he wished Saladin to sign. " I am tired," said the latter, " let me have it later." Instead of obeying, the mameluke, presuming upon the Sultan's


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