Who Wrote That?
Which of the following writers is credited with the passage below?
(A) Ambrose Bierce (B) George F. Cram (C) Lew. Wallace (D) Mary Livermore
"One more terrible effort, and they fly, some to the citadel, where there is at least temporary safety and some to the gates, which are still open behind them. And now the city lies weeping. The blows the Crusaders have met have but aroused their greater fury. The sight of blood maddens them. Their vast numbers are covering the city Defenseless ones crowd the streets, hoping to escape, and fall beneath their cruel weapons. And as they kill, the frenzy of the Crusaders deepens. . .
Mercy? Pity? Seek them of the tiger, or the untamed savage, who, if he has a soul, knows it not. Tonight there is no mercy, no pity in Antioch. Conscience is stifled. Piety and passion riot together in the mad dance of death. . .
Passion, unrestrained, fans itself into fiercer flames, and when, in the houses they had entered, there were no more to kill, they became vandals, destroying alike the plain ornaments and furnishing that had appealed to the memories and comforts of the poor, and the decorations of the palace. Rare paintings were torn down; statues and carved figures and rich vases were over-turned and thrown upon the bodies of he dead. Then they sought other homes and fought with each other in their insane rage, each to enter first where there were more victims, helpless ones, who could not strike a blow, and who died as had the others, pleading. . .
And so the long hours passed. The night of pain and grief ended. The gray daylight came, and the stars closed their eyes on a scene of ruin and misery, just as they had closed them on a million other scenes of pain, and suffering, and death; all pitiless links in an unthinkable chain. . .
And then the sun rose and smiled and touched with playful glance the upturned faces of a hundred thousand, who lay dead in the streets of the city. . .If nature is seemingly cruel, she is also just. Pain may attend progressive law, but individual wrong cannot escape retribution, nor may national crimes fail of punishment. No man may safely crush another's life, or cloud a heart. The crime of Antioch was punished. Retribution came to the Crusaders, and came quickly."
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