PERIPATETICS: A Sparrow Is Singing

One of the world's most esoteric societies was in crisis. For centuries it had successfully evaded persecution, morality and progress. It had ignored Popes and laughed in the face of emperors. But at length it seemed as though the "candles of the last breath" were burning for the People of Pharaoh, otherwise known as the gypsies.

They have, unaccountably, been in Christendom's midst for a long time. On the road to Calvary (so a gypsy account goes), an old gypsy woman took pity on the Savior and tried to prevent His crucifixion by stealing the nails that were to be...

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