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Christians. Are Better Treated Now in
Soldiers Mo Longer Permitted to Mo.
, lest Women In the Streets of
Old. bnt Fanaticism In Arm?
la Veer gtronat.
t be necessary for a, Christian woman
her In the Ottoman capital to atep off
the narrow sidewalk Into the street
whenever she had to pass a Turklah sol
dier. If aha did not five the Moham
medan he right-of-way he seemed to be
bound by some barrack regulation to go
as far as he dared toward throwing her
on her fare, and It hanrjened dally that
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woman In a quarter where no one dared
tp Interfere waa shoved headlong Into the
filthy slush of the roadway.
No matter how much room tha woman
gave the noldler on the sidewalk, there
was never enough for him to pass with
out lunging hi heavy shoulder Into her.
Not a few women have been Injured for
life by such asssults, from which there
seemed to me no recourse. Tha native
Christian, the subject of tha sultan, of
course had none, while for tha foreigner
It waa practically Impossible to Identify
the offender. It waa, therefore, unaafo
for Christian women to walk alone any
where but along the Grand Rue de I'era
a filthy street, but tha best Constantino,
pie sf fords and even there ccert
shoulder blows or pinches were not In
frequent. ,
Embaasy or consular women generally
drove, or If they went out afoot they
took with them a kavass, an armed pro
tector, usually a Montenegrin, carry 'ng
.n his hand a stout stick and In his waist
belt prominently a huge revolver.
For an European It is often moat un
pleasant to accompany a woman on a
walk through the streets of Constantino
ple, where fanaticism against infidels has
been cultivated to a degree which does
not exist in most parts of the country.
This Is the city which the European
countries want to take from tha padlsha
this la the Imperial city which held out
longest agalnat the Moslem, which was
the world capital, the gem for which he
paid a river of blood; this Is the city of
tha khallf.
Fanatics Recruited for Arn7.
When the sultan's authority waa un
challenged he made up his Constntlnople
garrison of the most fanatical element
in his dominions, sending every officer
tducated at the military collegt to serve
n Macedonia, Mesopotamia or oven the
jest-laden Yemen and keeping hire only
ld men mad with religious se. 1 and
gnorant young men promoted froi. in
.-anks. '
The Influence of these aoldlers, who, un
like regiments away from the capital, were
well fed. well clad and well cared for, told
upon the populatloon, and even the ham
mals, or portera of the atreet, were rude
to Christian women. If one understood
their language there was but pne thing to
do when walking along the street with a
lady tJ close one's ears, for unspeakable
remarks were directed at her. Even today '
the .lower class Moslem objects to yield an
Inch of ground to let an unveiled woman
Army officers ai the better class Turks
are generally polite In this respect as well
, as In many others. Wherea under the old
regime officers and most civilians dared
rat be seen showing deference to Chris
tians and generally bore themselves of
fensively against their own Inclinations,
today any man is at liberty even to associ
ate with r.on-Moalems. and many young
officers are seeking to be tsken Into
Christian famlllea In order to learn foreign
languages and western ways.
I3ut things have not changed to a large
extent among the soldiers, as is Indicated
by the curious letson which I am told is
being taught in the barracks. Privates
srs being Informed that for tha moment
absolute equality must be given to Infidels,
especially to farelgntrs. Of course the of
ficers cannot tell tha Ignorant soldiers to
forget in a day what tradition has taught
for centuries, that Infidels are but their
"rayah," their cattle.
Tha soldiers ars made to think that the
courtesy now demanded for subject rsces
Is due to pressure from Europe, the infidel
world, which Is powerful and threatening.
i By this deception the officers hope. It
seems, to get fair treatment started, and
It Is noticeable everywhere how much
room tha soldiers, especially the khaki clad
men from Salonlca who launched the revo
lution, give to women as well as men
along the streets.
' Gross assaults are a thng of tha past.
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Dept. b-x$. gtate
for the punishment of a noncommissioned
officer and some men who laid hands upon
two American girls soon after the Young
Turks came to power has had Us affect.
Nevertheless It Is still advisable for women
to give a wide berth ta Albanians and
Araba In souave costumes and to Kurds In
ordinary uniforms of dark blue, for these
men are likely to be soldiers of the Impe
rial guard, who have their barracks within
a stone's throw of the palace. The palace
guard has no liking for the new movement
and several times already sections of it
have caused ' small mutinies which have
resutled In killings. ,
Desperately Mean.
Along the main streets, where they are
likely to be seen by officers who are
pledged to the new movement, reactionary
troopers are careful not to be seen shoul
dering women, though they make up for
such compulsory decency when they en
counter a Christian woman in the sub
urbs or in unfrequented streets. An Amer
ican woman of my acquaintance recently
saw a burly soldier cross one of the few
broad sidewalks of the city and throw a
young woman flat upon her face In the
roadway simply because she was a Chris
tian. A gentleman out with his wife com
ing upon three Turks who were standing
talking upon tho sidewalk, taking up un
necessarily all available space, asked them
politely to let his wlfs and himself pass
and the reply, with insulting gestures, was
that people like him could pass by In the
It Is not difficult to understand tha extant
of the bitter hatred between Moslems and
non-Moslems In a country where such
abuses prevail, nor is It easy to become
optimistic about the future pf the Turk as
a ruler of many conquered racos who have
On account of moving to a new location
we are selling our entire stock of men's
clothing and furnishing goods at 20
discount. We will take none of our
present stock into our new location.
Remember this is an absolutely bona
fide sale, nothing restrved, everything in
the store goes at 20 discount. Do not
neglect this bargain buying opportunity.
319 South 16th Street
suffered msny centuries under his unjust
creed. The faults cf the Turkish soldier
are those of A religion which has every
where until this day taught the subjecting
or extermination of men who would not
conform to Its tonets, and his vlrtu?s like
wise are those of the creed of Mohammed.
Until this time the Turkish soldier has
been willing to suffer anything, to die in
the cause of the prophet, at the command
of the sultan, his calif. "It Is the will of
Allah" was sufficient to make him stand
in the forefront of battle, as b'.ave a man
as the wcrld has ever known. Wfth the
rew order of things the character of this
soldier must necessarily undergo material
change, and it la a question what the re
sult will be.
Will Enervation Result t
At sny rste he will be no longer the blood
thirsty fanatic which bo is now. A shaking
of his blind belief by officers and reform
ers, young Turks as they are called, who
from western teachings have come to be
sceptics, is as likely to destroy the race as
to revive it.
I have seen Turkish soldiers under many
circumstances and while I cannot admire
them In the abstract because of their unfair
attitude toward mortals riot of their grand
fraternity, I cannot tall to like certain
Individuals with whom I have traveled,
sometimes against my will.
On one occasion, like every other corre
spondent. I had a spy attached to me fcr
awhile. He waa a most gentlemanly young
man, who would rather have had some
other occupation. Of course he knew that
I knew his mission, anj so whenever he
a anted to know anything about my move
menta he would ask me and I told hlro
everything I could except the names cf
men I Interviewed, whom he might have
denounced. In traveling I used him often
as guide and Interpreter, and while with
him I always got the best that the poorest
towns and villages afforded.
When a stranger penetrates this country
beyond the few railways soldiers always
accompany hlro to protect him from
brigands and highwaymen. Under the old
regime the object of attaching an escort
to a foreigner was also to spy upon him and
to prevent him from conversing with revo
Jutlonsry Christians who would tell the
tale of government extortions and outrages.
Treacberona KUIIaaT.
Under these circumstances It was always
peculiarly Interesting to travel with a
Turkish escort who while generally faith
ful to a degree, have once or twice been
known to shoot their charge. At tha little
town of Mltrovltra, where I went once to
Investigate the killing of a Russian consul,
prudence kept me almost constantly con
fined to the coneulate, where I waa a guest,
for we could go out only with a guard,
who walked behind us; and this guard
lending to us an official air, caused every
sentry we passed to sslute us, and It was
by one of these sentries guarding the con
sul's house that he had been shot.
The killing hsd taken plsce In a curious
manner, and Is worth retelling. The Al
bsnlans had declared when the consulate
was established that they would have no
Russian in their country. But the consul
came with a guard of several Cossack
servsnts and an escort of Turks who did
Dot relish thstr task: and the Albsnlans
let him stay for several months. But when
he began reporting their rslds upon un
armed Christian vlllsces and bringing pres
sure to bear tj have them atopped, there
was serious trouble.
One night at a cafe a fanatical dervish
after working his hesrers up to a frensled
pitch, finished a long tirade by exclaiming:
"And is there not a single Mohammedan
who will rid us of this giaour?"
"I will." said a piping little voice.
"You! Oh, no, you will not," said the
dervish with mock contempt Intended to
provoke the fellow.
"I will," he repeated.
He was a soldier, a slim, sickly fellow
with a sad visage. I saw him tried later
at Uskub.
Consul Shet by Seatry.
The next morning the consul, attired In
Rus an uniform, followed by a Cossack,
two heavily armed kavasse- and a troop
of Turkish soldiers, officers and officials,
went uut to Inspect the fortlflcaOjna aoout
the town designed by the Turks to proteet
the consulate from the Albanians. As the
consul passed the sentinels each presented
arms, but one man required to degrade
himself in this way lowered his gun quick
ly as the consul passed before him at three
yards distance and without aiming put a
bullet Into his body.
Dropping his gun the little spldler then
took to his heels as fast as he could go
over the rocks down the Metrovltsa slopes
Into the Albanian valley. The consul's
retinue were surprised for a moment, but
were soon after the soldier, firing rapidly.
Either the consul's Turkish guards were
very bad shots or else their sympathy
with their brave comrade influenced their
aim, for It was the Russian Cossack who
brought the fugitive down, wounding him,
If I remember rightly, in the leg.
The Turks, contrary tp prevailing opin
ion, are not generally very good horse
men. The men we had with us on a jour
ney In Mscedonla seemed to understand
their animals very little, for though the
ponies we rode could have been managed
without a bit at all, yet they kept a heavy
hand always on the curb. The p-nles were
small and had none but natural gaits, and
the short trot was most uncomfortable un
less one rose In the saddle. This the sap
tleha were unable to do, and in conse
quence the horse suffered. Two at a time
they took turns riding with us at a steady
trot, while the others galloped or walked
alternately, thereby covering the same dis
tances as we by leaving us behind and
then allowing us to overtske them.
Rallnat Race Brings Blight.
Our route the first day lay through open
country and our escort was therefore
small. We traversed the length of the
Monastlr valley and stayed the night at
Prellp. It should be a happy prosperous
valley, for nature smiles on It, but the
blight of the race that rules Is visible
here as elsewhere throughout the empire.
Titt cornfields, small and poor, cling close
about the towns and the villages seem to
hide themselves In obscure corners of tha
mountains In order to be as little as pos
sible attrsctlve to the marsuder.
Tha high road, a wagon track, which we
followed, skirted one village and passed
through another, but they wire made of
such huts as only Macedonian brigands
would demean themselves to rob. A sheep
dog, big framed and thick coated, but a
bread fed, skinny animal with an uncer
tain lope and a bollow bark, came upon
us. One of the Zaptlehs drew his sword
and gave It a trial swing at a low bush
near his horse's feet, but a peasant came
crying after the dog and called It off be
fore it cime within reach of the Moslem's
blade. This wss a Turk who did not re
spect the life cf a dog In the same way as
most of his fellows.
The Zaptlehs smoked continually as they
rode and rolled cigarettes for us. They
gave us lights from their cigarettes, hut
only the Irreligious felljw would accept the
same tavor from us. for which I asked the
"They will not take fire from a Chris
tian," he said.
It is rather a bore to dine with Turkish
officers a thing one seldom rad an op
portunity to do In the days of spies. In
Constantinople the table manners of Eu
rope are closely Imitated, and the most
conspicuous differences that strike one are
the presence of eunuchs, or ordinary blick
boys, the absence of Turkish women,
though European women may be present,
and the general wearing of the tea. But
in the Interior many things are different.
There few officers know the ways of
Europe and almost none follows them.
Cueer Table Manner.
If a Turk Is to be your fcuest, ssy at T
o'clock, he will probably arrive at 5 in the
afternoon and he will stay on after dinner
till It or 1 o'clock. It is polite of htm to
give you demonstrstlons of the extent to
which he appreciates your food, and this
be does by muklng a much noise aa possi
ble in eating. If he la a real old Turk bs
laps thS soup frcm his spoon audtly and
smacks his Hps; he mgha over his coffee
and sucks his teeth At his own home
towels, soap and a basin of water are pro
vided after the meal.
The Turk la a aelf-aatisfled being. Ha la
quite certain that his waya of doing things
are best. He believes today, in splto of his
apparent turn for the better, that his
knowledge and Intellect are superior to
those of Europeans. Fcr many years for
eign officers from European states, chiefly
Germans, have been employed to five In
structions In the army, but the army hu
not been brought up to an effective stand
ard, largely because the officers generally
believe that their little knowledge la suffi
cient and their natural skill and bravery
beyond that of tha European. .
Today the new government Is proving to
the army that tho old regime robbed the
soldier of his pay and proper focd and
clothing. It Is accomplishing this by de
priving other departments of the govern,
ment rf much needed funds.
The army is the mainstsy of the new
regime and the army mutt be paid and
fed and clad. It would not be well, I ven
ture to say, to put too much confidence
in the success of a movement conducted
by young men of very little knowledge yet
permeated with the Mohammedan convic
tion of superiority. These are the officers
cf the Turkish army who are striving tu
break down In the Ignorant masses of their
troops a serious contempt for the Ir.fldel.
ing stout Is It's because of .' happy
nature she has.
The meanest ,trlck a man can play on a
girl Is lo belleVe her when she ssys she
won't marry him.
An engaged man la a terrible liar to
make out he doesn't mind being stuck
with pins every time he shows her how
much he lovts her.
There's nothing makes a man growl si
much about at home end brag so much
about downtown as whst an expens.vo
family he supports. New York Press.
A Bachelor's Reflections.
The more daring a man has on the bat
tlefield the less courage he has In a sick
The comfort a woman can find In grow-
A Doctor roll Insurance Companies
emt to an Increase In
Dr. Burnside Foster, editor of the St.
Paul M'flcil J.urna', and ctief xaniner
of the New England Mutual Lifi Insur
ance crmpany for Minnesota, speaking
before thn Association of Life Iisurarc;
Presidents, rsll It wouli be posslb'e to
add at least years to the 1 fe of the
average p:ll-y ho der by adopting a plan
of reexamination once In five yeaia, as
frequent medical exam nations wculd In
dicate the beginning of unsuspected dis
eases In time to effect cure or materially
teturd the progress of disease.
Dr. Foster urged that as the life Insur
ance business wss more dlreotly concerned
with the health of th pr-ople than any
other bus'nes. the companies form a com
bination to carry out his suggestion. lie
referred to the large amount of capital In
vested in life insurance nnd to the great
number of pereons Interested, cither as In.
su:ers or insured, ea proof thst some ac
tion was needed. The re-exuminatlon, ac
cording to his plan, would be free to poI
Icy hclderr. anJ tha trivial ccst, ha s Id.
would be more than balanced by the In.,
ci eased premiums that would result. Dr.
Foster said:
"Modern medicine has, above all, two
chief claim alms th prevention of dis
ease and the recognition of It earliest
Signs in the Individual. In both of these
alms the life Insurance business lias an
Immense Interest, since the nearer we ap
proach to their accomplishment the more
we add to human longevity. Preventive
medicine becomes more nearly an exact
science all the time, and,' while its possi
bilities are far from being recognised, this
Is not because of Its own Inexactness or
shortcomings, but because the people have
not yet awakened to the fact that those
diseases which csuse the greatest number
of deaths and the greatest amount of suf
fering are actually preventable if money
enough be spent to prevent them. The only
wsy to enlist all the people actively in the
ctjsade against preventable disease Is lo
present the subject as an economic one,
which It surely Is, and one which appeals
directly to their pocket books. New York
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