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THE TURKISH CRISIS.

The position in' Constantinople appears to be more complicated than ever to-d&y. j Tliere seems to be no doubt that iii a limited sort of way there lias been a counter-revolution; and that the. Committee ofcUnion and Progress^—that-is' to say, the Young Turkish party in its administrative capacity—finds itself in a difficult and dangerous situation. But i though there has been some firing, and' a certain amount of the casual assassination necessary to satisfy Oriental requirements in times of political upheaval, it does not appear that the reactionary party is yet predominant. As we have already, had occasion to point out, the Sultan is not likely to be seriously anxious to maintain the existing regime; and it is rather ominous that the leaders in this sporadic revolt appear to fco. Accepting. their orders, (from him<Judging from the fact that the malcontents apparently belong to a "Mohammedan League," we may reasonably assume that ,tliis counter-revolution is due to religious prejudices, and that-it merely represents the protest of the Moslem section of the Sultan's subjects against the excessively tolerant "arid, therefore, hetero.dox attitude assumed ■by the Young Turks. It does not seem that any organised attempt is being 1 made to. get rid of the Young Turkish Government as a whole. !But the revolt reported from Albania,.the most intensely Mohammedan ami the most obstinately conserva::ve of the Turkish, provinces, appears to: indicate that the reformers have a very hard task to accomplish in their attempt tir reconcile religious and racial differences., and weld together into one coherent unity the heterogeneous fragments of the Turkish Empire.

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THE TURKISH CRISIS. Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 89, 15 April 1909

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