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[104] mere slave-mart, supplied by the plundering war-ships of the knights with Turkish slaves --men, women, and children. They attacked every vessel in the Mediterranean which bore the Turkish flag, tore down every mosque on the shores, plundered every village, killing every one whom they did not carry off. Their records, which were carefully kept, show that they carried off from the city of Mondon alone no less than eight hundred Turkish matrons and maidens to be kept as concubines or sold as slaves.1 Till within a hundred years this life continued, all being called a Christian work, and being only gradually humanized as they drove the Turks from the seas. The Sultan of to-day is only a belated Knight of St. John fighting on the other side.

Thus when we long after peace we still have to recognize that events and conditions are often too strong for us. It was a curious combination of circumstances the other day when the very ladies who had argued that if woman suffrage prevailed there would be no more wars, were the very first persons to call on the United States to go to war with Turkey. As many wars are perhaps brought on by

1 Ballou's Malta, p. 281.

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