Unprecedented last week was a deluge of snow which spread death and destruction in Trebizond. Nineteen feet lay piled on the Gümush-Khane plain above the city while, across the mountains, Constantinople and Angora were sweltering in their hottest summer.

Students of Xenophon quickly recalled that Trebizond is that ancient Hellenic city of Trapezus, the Tableland, where the famed 10,000 halted for rest. Those with a more curious eye for the romantic characters of history recalled Alexius Comnenus, fugitive of the fourth crusade, imaginative, able 22-year-old knight-errant who crowned himself king of...

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