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I The Balkan Committee having received reports from Sir Edward Boyle, who had lately visited some parts of Turkey, and from Mill. W. Nevinson, who was m Albania last winter m connection witli the relief fund, have unanimously resolved to issue a manifesto iv which t hey say • — "It is to be regretted that the information recently received by the Balkan Committee proves that the reports of murders and outrages among the subject populations of the Turkish Empire are unhappily not exaggerated. The evidence on which the Balkan Committee rely is derived, as it always has been, not merely from sources friendly to the victims, but from Europeans resident m various parts of Turkey, and they know it to be trustworthy. The evidence is incontrovertible of outrages on a large and increasing scale— of men tortured and beaten to death, of married women and young girls violated, of the wholesale destruction of the household property of villagers, of fields left uncultivated through tho deaths or terrorisation of their owners, of the impunity of tho agents of these crimes and the callous contempt with which the authorities treat all complaints from the injured j-ersons. But the novel and most sinister aspect of these outrages is the implication m them of Government officials. Doubtless under the regime of Abdul Ha mid the murders that were committed m the subject provinces of Turkey were more numerous. But the Government itself was at that time less responsible than is tho present Government for the scandalous condition of affairs to-day, owing to its inability or refusal to control ihe actions of its officials, whose active participation m outrage is established. " Against this dismal record must, m justive, be placed the fact that a Special Commission has bpen sent by the Turkish Government into Macedonia and Albania to inquire into the grievances complained of by the inhabitants, and with powers to apply remedies for them. It mi»y well be (the manifesto concludes) that the Reral programme, providing for the forcible supersession of Turkish by international control, will once more hold the field as the best, if not the only, solution of the ever-threatening problem of the relations between the Government of the Porte and its subjects of alien race and religion. " (Signed) Noel Buxton, Chairman, "Arthur G. S*tmonds, Secretary."

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BALKAN OUTRAGES., Otautau Standard and Wallace County Chronicle, Volume VIII, Issue 374, 18 June 1912

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BALKAN OUTRAGES. Otautau Standard and Wallace County Chronicle, Volume VIII, Issue 374, 18 June 1912