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TURKISH SOLDIERS

Mr Julian Ralph, special correspondent for tun New York papers with the Turkish army in Greece, after his escape from his friends, wrote of them as follows:—The Turkish army is recruited from the most admirable peasantry that I ever saw. They are the most docile, tractable, and easily governed men imaginable ; yet brave to the last degree, and utterly indifferent to death. They love fighting for the sake of it, and carry fearful wounds without as much a3 a groan. Half-clad and half-fed as the Turkish troops are, they form an army of calm but fanatical heroes. The Turkish side, however, has its grave faults, and these will be told when the news sent by the correspondents escapes the censors' hands. Then we shall hear how Turks disgraced Greek dead .on the field of battle; how the Turkish Government have emptied every captured Greek town of its valuables, and how human even the patient Turkish private becomes when there is a chance to loot for himself. I know that the charge of looting has been persistently denied; yet I saw it with my own eyes. When at Larissa my servants and friends were continually buying loot from the soldiers. I saw enough to justify the belief that practically every soldier carried loot with him concealed under his eoat. An attempt was also made to rob my own house, which had been given to me by Seyfullah Pasha; besides, the houses respectively occupied by a foreign military attache and a newspaper correspondent were actually broken into and robbed while I was there. With my own eyea I have seen miles of packloads, the contents of the houses in the captured towns and villages seized by the. Turkish Government. What the Government left the soldiers took. due allowance being made for the rude character of the Turkish soldiery and the primitiveness of Turkish civilisation, it mustbe cdnfessecV that the conduct of the Ottoman, troops !in Thessaly has generally been good.' '■-<--

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TURKISH SOLDIERS, Evening Star, Issue 10423, 18 September 1897, Supplement

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TURKISH SOLDIERS Evening Star, Issue 10423, 18 September 1897, Supplement

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