A Brigand Story.
An interesting brigand story is reported from Monaatir, in Macedonia. About three months ago a party, consisting of four Greek robbers from Oastoria, three women in men's clothes, and a priest from the monastery of Tscherilow, arrived at WlahoKlissura, where, during the night, they broke into the dwelling of a Servian named Fimon Kottanaoun. They bound him hand and foot and took him to the house of a Greek priest, near the gendarmerie barracks. He wan kept there three months as a hoßtage. He was shut up in a cloßet-oup-board, with a bandage over his eyes, and cotton-wool stuffed in his ear. Eventually the Archimandrite Gregorius, of the Tscherilow monastery, visited the Servian's mother, taking with him a letter from her son saying what had become of him, and adding that if a ransom of L 1,500 were not paid within ten days his ears would be cut off. The poor woman handed L3OO to the Archimandrite, but the next day she received word that tho brigands wore not satisfied. They tried to get away in the night with their prisoner, but the gardener of a neighbouring house, taking them for ' ordinary thieves, fired upon them, which at once brought several of the watchmen on duty to the rescue. A struegle ensued, in which two of the brigands were badly wounded and the rest compelled to take flight, Their prisoner, who had hidden in a bush, escaped unhurt, and thus obtained his liberty. The Archimandrite and four of the brigands have since been arrested.
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A Brigand Story., Evening Star, Issue 8038, 15 October 1889