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CHARLES J. ROSEBAULT. Saladin. Prince of Chivalry

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CHARLES J. ROSEBAULT.
Saladin. Prince of Chivalry
page 264



God did execution upon them, separating their souls from their bodies, and severing their heads from their shoulders," so that at least four thousand were killed, and Beha ed-din, passing through " a sea of blood " on his mule, could not count the number of the dead — the Christian camp remained undisturbed. For some time thereafter there were only minor skirmishes, with occasional encouragement for both sides. A sortie from the city succeeded in penetrating the camp of the Franks, destroying a number of mangonels and taking some prisoners of rank. By a cunning stratagem some Moslems brought a ship from Beirut to run the blockade which was threatening a famine for the garrison. Dressed like Franks, and having shaved their beards, they boldly sailed into the midst of the blockading squadron. The final stroke of placing pigs upon the bridge completed the deception. Evidently this was a friendly ship which did not know that Acre was still in Moslem hands, so the situation was explained to them. "Very well," returned the disguised Moslems, " we will make for the camp, but there is still another ship close behind us, coming on with the same wind ; you must warn them not to enter the harbor." Sure enough, another ship was to be seen in the distance, and the Franks set out. to warn its commander. Taking advantage of a favorable breeze, the Moslems escaped into the harbor. A daring feat, splendidly executed, and the garrison was the richer for four hundred sacks of corn and a quantity of cheese, onions, sheep and other victuals


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