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M.Besant E.Walter
Jerusalem, the city of Herod and Saladin


Sir John Froissart's Chronicles of England, France, Spain and the Ajoining Countries from the latter part of the reign of Edward II to the coronation of Henry IV in 12 volumes 

Chronicles of Enguerrand De Monstrelet (Sir John Froissart's Chronicles continuation) in 13 volumes 

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M.Besant E.Walter
Jerusalem, the city of Herod and Saladin
page 426

or Dome of the Chain ; it derives its name from a tradition that in King Solomon's time a miraculous chain was suspended between heaven and earth over this particular spot. It was possessed of such peculiar virtue that whenever two litigants were unable to decide their quarrel they had but to proceed together to this place, and endeavour each to seize the chain, which would advance to meet the grasp of him who was in the right, and would elude all efforts of the other to catch it One day two Jews appealed to the ordeal, one accused the other oi having appropriated some money which he had confided to his keeping, and, swearing that he had not received it back, laid hold of the chain. The fraudulent debtor, who had artfully concealed the money in the interior of a hollow staff upon which he was leaning, handed it to the claimant, and swore that he had given back the money. He also was enabled to seize the chain, and the bystanders were hopelessly perplexed as to the real state of the case. From that moment the chain disappeared, feeling doubtless that it had no chance of supporting its character for legal acumen in the midst of a city full of Jews. The place, however, still retains some of its judicial functions, and, if we are to credit Arab historians, perjury is an exceedingly dangerous weapon in the neighbourhood of the Sakhrah. It is related that the Caliph Omar ibn 'Abd el 'Aziz ordered the stewards of his predecessor Suleiman, to give an account of their stewardship upo! oath before the Sakhrah. One man' alone refused to swear and paid a thousand dinars rather than do so ; in a year' time he was the only survivor of them all. The Constar; tinople cabinet might take a hint from this. On the right hand of the Sakhrah, in the western part the court, is a small dome called the Cubbet el M'irâj, ( " Dome of the Ascent," which marks the spot from whic Mohammed is supposed to have started upon his " heaven^ journey." It is, of course, one of the principal objects

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