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CHARLES J. ROSEBAULT. Saladin. Prince of Chivalry

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CHARLES J. ROSEBAULT.
Saladin. Prince of Chivalry
page 158



his master's name put in the list of defendants and, before accepting the complaint, he went very carefully into the evidence. In the end, however, being himself an upright and fearless judge, and convinced that the Sultan would not wish him to show any favoritism, he was compelled to receive the charges and agree to have them tried in open court. Apparently Omar had a clear case against the Sultan. He had been the owner of a slave to whom he had entrusted large sums of money with which the fellow had fled. Before he could recover him the slave had died and the Sultan had taken possession of this money. He came now asking for redress, and produced documents containing depositions of witnesses supporting his assertions, all executed in legal form. Beha ed-din did the best he could for his master, while still protecting the rights of the plaintiff. " It is not meet," said he, " to adjudge a claim in the absence of the party sued. I will inform the Sultan and let you know what he says." Omar agreed that this was only fair, and went off content with the assurance that he would have his day in court, and that same day the Sultan was informed of his contention. The latter expressed amazement and his conviction that the claim against him was absurd, yet he would appear in person and defend himself, conforming to all the regulations prescribed by the law. He directed that an attorney be named to act for him in taking the depositions of witnesses and a day was set for the trial.


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