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Chapter 14: a disturbed christmas

Once more this last Christmas-day the choirs sang of peace on earth and good — will to men. Then the guests at the Christmas dinner discussed with various. opinions the possibilities and the ethics of war. Even now it seems we are not ready to give ourselves wholly to the works of peace. How dependent is our action, and even our moral standard, upon the circumstances of the time! All agree in denouncing the Sultan and his Kurds and Bashi-Bazouks, but we forget that these hardened offenders do nothing more than was habitually done, less than two centuries ago, by the foremost religious order of all Christendom — the Knights of St. John, first consecrated at Jerusalem to charity, humility, and chastity. Through the whole of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries the city of Valetta, on the island of Malta, was a

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