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The Atlantic Monthly

Volume 13, No. 77, March, 1864

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Author: Various Authors
Published: 1864
Language: English
Wordcount: 87,036 / 255 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 69
LoC Category: AP
Downloads: 647
Added to site: 2006.10.08
mnybks.net#: 14913
Genre: Periodical
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y they crossed the plain, and mounted the ladders lightly, and possessed themselves of the whole circuit of the walls, and began to fight fiercely with those who had taken refuge in the vaults of the towers. But they defended themselves bravely, being indeed in quarters well protected, with but narrow doors. And those of the city, who were in the streets below, shot at the women with arrows and darts, which pierced them through the sides, so that they received many wounds, because their golden armor was so weak." (This is Keokuk versus Armstrong.) "And the griffins returned, flying above them, and would not leave them.

"When Queen Calafia saw this, she cried to the Sultans, 'Make your troops mount, that they may defend mine against these fowls of mine who have dared attack them.' At once the Sultans commanded their people to ascend the ladders and gain the circle and the towers, in order that by night the whole host might join them, and they might gain the city. The soldiers rushed from their

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