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FEHIM PASHA, CRIMINAL

News cf the lynching - of Fehiin Pasha, son of the late foster-brother o: the Sultan, caused "a sensation at the palace. " j

Fehim ; was . for years the most dreaded . man in Constantinople, .and probably tl e gr&atest criminal 5n Europe. His army of sijies and his escort of ruffians terrorised the city an I committed countless outrages. His splendid masion was the scen.e of tortures, crimes, r-nd orgies, the mere tales of which caused terror. On one 'occasion Fehvm seiit for a Greek tradesman in Prae, and told the man he- was in want of £soo immediately, and that be; expected him to find •it for him within- 48 hours. By dint ;of drawing all I'is savings from the bank and borrowing from -a-, relative the mrsn was able to bring- the required -sum. A fortnight afterwards Fthim ag-ain sent for him and" demanded another £500 4n s6 hout-?.; The tradesman told him : that k was h-.i possible for him to raise such- a sum Fehim curtly replied, > ''You will be here at the time apijointed ,- witl' tea money or take the consequences.^ The unfortunate man scraped together /,io and took it to Fehim. When the Pasha saw the smallness of tEe sum -he.rushed at the Greek, and .tLrashed him unmercifully. The wretched man had to : be taken home in a conveyance aul is. still partly paralysed" from his beating of two years ago. If the name pt Fehiin % is mentioned in his heari-ng, drops of perspiration gaither oa his brow and Ie shakes .like a perr/ son suffering, from ague.- No one in Cor stantinople dared report 'this outragi to the Sultan. : Ehtering an Armenian's ish.biiv-; Fehim Pashav was struck by the beauty of the . shopkeep : er' 5 wife.' Some dnys later a negro i servant called a. tVe ,sHop and said Vthat--Mme.";.j > ehim. desired to .make some purchases, ard wisled the pro"prietor's wife tc fake a selection of articles up to theu. house that atfernoon. There l>etng extraordinary in"tnlf^fe(suest, <he Armenian lady, accompanied ;^y 'a female servant,., went toi^F'ehim's mansicn. She was received at tte door ; of the harem by the , same servant,, and condacted to an inner^iJartnrent, the female servant being taken to another ! part of. tKe house.; The, Armenian : lady ... had snardelV: 1 ' beto seated wken Fehim enured aiijd comm«rvced talking to her a-id paying compliments. ' This continued for over an hour, when; no," lady on the scene, sl.e .became -uneasy,- and inquired 'if Mme. Fehim would be long Fehim told her that his wife w.a: at Broussa, and that she was a -T risoncr. Her cries for help evoked no response in the great h:>use.^ Her aM.calc to Fehim were met with 'mock :r.{ Uußhter. She fainted in teiror.S"i v\^s,detaine'd , three days in the house at-/ the end of which time Fchiri sent her home in his, own carriage with an in uHloig message/ to V hu-lj-ind. The -latter complained to the wjnee, and tin official sent a ful' report of the outrage to the palace, wLeve it fcll'i'nto the hands of o.ie of Fchim's spies. Three, reports ' were promptly conrocted against, the official, v'lo was at once banished to A'cppo, where he only returned a few 'day- ago when the amincsty was proclaimed. The arrogance "and pro

sumptiom of Fehim exceeded all bounds. On one s occasion he insulted the half-brother of the Sultan and heir-presumptive to the throne, and on another occasion he placed J»e» and horses in the roadway in from t of his residence and refused to permi'. the carriage of the -then Graod Vizier to pass. lib fina^ escapade, wbick led to h.vs downfall,-- has , often baen told. Heattempted to -extort £300 from the captain of a Germain ship. The moiiey being refused, he boarded the vessci with his Tufnan's, lashed the cap•taiiv.'and officers to the masts, put a pistol to the' purser's Lead, and com-peted-him to write a draft for the' money to the ship's agents. The German Embassy was informed, the Ambassador had a strong interview with the Sultai, and Fehim was exiled to Brousa. , . '

fn Brousa he continued to commit outrages in the same iasLion* . and, xva? most^heaitily. hated. .His : death was dramatic. He left hi s house with his gang of ruffians beoit on thrashing a high official. A crowd .heard of Lis errand and hooted him. He pushed his way through asnd in. thi face of; an old aoid revered .-priest.

A paroxysm of wrath seized the mob. A rush was made. - Fehim' s escort was_ overpowered, and" " the pasha was thrown to the .ground, Deail en , and trampled on until long after Le was dead,.. the crowd ;bedng" ma(l with cage. The news of his death an so (shocking: a maimer greatly upset th? Sultan. .. •

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FEHIM PASHA, CRIMINAL, Grey River Argus, Volume 30, 30 November 1908

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FEHIM PASHA, CRIMINAL Grey River Argus, Volume 30, 30 November 1908

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