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CHARLES J. ROSEBAULT. Saladin. Prince of Chivalry

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CHARLES J. ROSEBAULT.
Saladin. Prince of Chivalry
page 162



brocade, is displayed by some distinguished officer of the royal household. The royal head is shaded by the state parasol of yellow silk, embroidered in gold and crowned with a gold eagle, borne by a prince of the royal blood, and the royal standard is carried by another of the nobles. Even the royal horse is magnificently decked out in the royal colors. The reviews of troops must not only be thorough but they must be so staged as to impress the public mind and arouse the public's emotions. The emirs of allied states, jealous of every prerogative, and ambassadors from foreign courts, must be received with fitting ceremony and display. Even the subordinates of the household must be allowed their quota of ostentation, of form and etiquette, of swelling sense of personal importance, if their discipline and interest in their duties is to be kept at high level. Here again is a cutting down of the lessening hours of the day. And now comes a burden which cannot be put aside, and which Saladin, least of all Sultans would have wished to curtail—the time given to religious duties. These, in fact, came first of all in his judging of the comparative values of human acts. Had he been called upon to make sacrifice of his dearest ambitions, all else would have gone by the board before he would have surrendered his wish to be a devout and orthodox Mohammedan, following closely the obligations of his faith. To the modern man of affairs, who feels he has done very well by his God in giving the time required in at


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