A TURKISH SALLY.
FLEET SAILS WEST.
ITALY TO SEIZE MYTILENE.
PRESSURE ON PORTE.
DANGER OP BALKAN BLAZE
By Telesn-aph.—Press Association.—Copyright. (Received October 18, 10.30 p.m.) Constantinople, October 18. The Turkish fleet has sailed to protect the harbours of Epirus, on the west coast of Turkey. Paris, October 18. The cruiser Leon Gambetta has sailed for the Turkish and Tripolitan coasts to protect French interests. Vienna, October 18. It is stated that Italy has informed the Powers that she is about to occupy Mytilene, and two other islands in the iEgean Sea, with a view to exercising pressure on the Porte and hastening its acceptance of peace conditions. Fears are expressed in Vienna that the excitement in Turkey and the Balkans will be thereby increased.
POSSIBLE NAVAL BATTLE. Mytilene (Lesbos) is a Turkish island 10 miles from the coast of Asia Minor, and north of the Gulf of Smyrna. The area is 676 square miles, and the population is estimated- at 36,000, mostly Greeks. The largest town, Castro, "a struggling dirty village," has a population of about 12,000. Between 700 and 500 B.C. Lesbos was the flourishing home of poets and literary menAlcaeus, Sappho, Theophrastus, and others. It belonged successively to Macedonia, Pontus, Rome, and Byzantium, and from 1355 to 1462 was owned by a Genoese merchant family, who lost 'it to Mahomed 11. The ancient capital was Mytilene. The advent of the Italians to Mytilene would bring them within striking distance of Salonika and. the Dardanelles, and Rome would once more be at the door of Byzantium. , But to-day's messages indicate that while Italian ships are coming east to Mytilene, Turkey's has gone west to Epirus. ; In that case they might find a battle-place half way.
TURKS' LEADER DEPOSED.
(Received October 18, 10.30 p.m.) Sofia, October 18. The Porte has promised Bulgaria to withdraw its troops from the Turko-Bulgarian frontier. Tripoli, October 18. The Turkish soldiers have deposed Munir Pasha, and have elected Colonel Niscial as his successor, *•
ITALY BENT ON GRABBING.
London, October 17.
It is semi-officially announced in the Vienna press that ■' the Powers have ceased their efforts at mediation, Raly being determined on annexation.
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A TURKISH SALLY., New Zealand Herald, Volume XLVIII, Issue 14815, 19 October 1911
A TURKISH SALLY. New Zealand Herald, Volume XLVIII, Issue 14815, 19 October 1911
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