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THE SULTAN'S HOUSEHOLD

There Is a screw loose m Turkey, ihe continental gossip of the "Glasgow Herald " tftys :— Some plot or othef hu been discovered, and the ooniequecoes are being Been m a number of mysterious trrests, and m wholesale measures of punishment against the press. The " Times " ha> been three times confiscated within a month, and the " Dally Telegraph" has been Interdicted altogether. The faot appears to be that a serions palace conspiracy for deposing the Sulton was deteoted m the very niok of time. The SulWo was so unnerved by the dlsoovery that he sent for Sir William White and asked for his - •dylce. Sit William answered that the Snltan conld only lire m safety If he pot down hit harem, not as a question of morals, bat •• a matter of polloy, seeing that It was Impossible to exercise supervision over an establishment of 300 ladies. . The Sultan, who is praotloally a monogamist, wonldbe glad enough to get rid of his 219 brevet spoases, bat the oaatoms of his. dynasty forbid him to do this. On his birthday, and on 20 other days In the ysar, he invariably reoelves from his mother the present of a bßaatlfol slave, and this young lady has forthwith to be transferred to his establishment In the o»paotty of harem dame with a household of her own, consisting of at last f one. eannohs and six female servants— to s»y ; nothing of horses, carriages and grooms. Mu-tlplv the number of these households by 800, and it ceases to be astonishing that the expenditure of the SalWa olylTUit shoald amount to £4 000,000 a year. A laige item m this sum represents the dowers which the Sultan pays to his staved when he marries them, To favorite offioiala, about 100 girls are married from the palace yearly, and eaoh of them is entitled to reoeive £10,000. Urifottana* te'y, the bridegroom who takes a wife from the Sultan's hands must, at his earliest con venienoj, make a present of » slave to keep the staff of the Imperial seraglio op to Us proper figure. The Sultan loathes the whole thing, but what is be to do ] There are too many vested interests engaged m keeping the Imperial harem supplied with wives, and if the Sultan were to cashier his entire female establishment he would certainly be deposed or murdered. 81 r William White 1b said to have advised hi* Mijesty to reduoe his establishment by not.filling up vaoanoles; bat this Is not easy, seeing that every Cabinet Mlntstat and Paoba of note looks to passing nil daughter through the Sultan's harem a* a simple means of securing her a marriage portion, with the title of Vallde, which may be construed as Princess. : The man who would came to the throne were Abdul Hamid deposed is his brother* Reohad Pasha. This Reohad is virtually a prisoner m Yildiz Kiosk, foi h6 cannot go ontside the garden gates wlthoat leave, and he never Rets permission to take a walk or drive alone. He must always be surrounded by guards or eunuchs. Reohad, however, is a man of modern Ideas, and lately he fell m love with an English girl whom he met boating on the Bosphorus, and to whom he proposed marriage after a week's acquaintanceship. The Sultan, hearing of this sffiir, has nipped his brother's suit In the bud by ordering tht young lady to leave Constantinople; ■■:■-:

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THE SULTAN'S HOUSEHOLD, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2162, 2 July 1889

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THE SULTAN'S HOUSEHOLD Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2162, 2 July 1889

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