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CHARLES J. ROSEBAULT. Saladin. Prince of Chivalry

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CHARLES J. ROSEBAULT.
Saladin. Prince of Chivalry
page 200



be done by man. There must be nothing left to chance, no loop-holes for escape. While the camp was ringing with the exultant cries of his confident soldiers he remained up to supervise the erection of arrow shelters at every point where these would be useful. Four hundred loads of arrows were in reserve, with seventy camels to distribute them quickly as needed. There was only one cause for worry, and this was the possible advance by contingents from the Frankish outposts at Faba and Belvoir through the valley of Jezreel to Beysan, whereby they could have attacked the bridges over the Jordan, thus limiting the Sultan's line of retreat to a single bridge. At least, such has been the suggestion in our own time of the British Lieut.-Colonel C. R. Conder, who made a careful study of the situation, but there is no certainty that Saladin had not provided against such attacks, and the confidence he displayed would argue that he saw no cause for anxiety on this or any other score. " What we wished," he exclaimed delightedly, " has happened. Now, if we show ourselves courageous, their overthrow will be accomplished and Tiberias and the coast line are lost to them." The next morning opened like another inferno and the Franks struggled across the baking plain up to the line of the enemy in desperate straits. The knights still had the better chance, for so long as their horses could hold up and were unwounded, the armor covering both shielded them from spear or arrow, but the footmen, maddened with thirst and footsore, and march


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