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---VARIETIES-GRAYE AND GAY.

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AFFAIRS IN ASHANTEE.

DR. KENEALY, M.P., IN CHANCERY.

MR. BRIGHT AND HIS CONSTITUENTS.

MR. HOLMS ON THE ARMY.

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SAD CASE OF ATTEMPTED SUICIDE.

EXTRAORDINARY CHARGE.

WHAT THE "WORLD" SAYS.

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THE JEFFERSON BORDEN.

CHURCH AND DISSENT.

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TURKEY AND HER CHRISTIAN SUBJECTS.

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TURKEY AND HER CHRISTIAN SUBJECTS. The TtMM* correspondent gives a lengthy account of the treatment by Turkey of her Christian subjects, in the course of which the writer says At Sulmuchli, a village of Bulgaria, the Turks li.t ve b ioken into the housesof the Bulgarians, where they violated half a score of young girls and three y urg married women. They killed 12 Bulgarians and v.'T.itidc l eigM then, as they withdrew, they took mvay with them the corn, the lighter furniture, and all the portable property of the Christian inhabitants. In the village < f Casanka, three hours and a-half distant from Eski Zaghra, the rural guard, with twozaptiehs, or policemen, and other Turks arrested 15 Bulgarians, shut them up in a hut, and putting their knives to their throats, extorted 46 Turkish lire (the lira is equal to 18s. 2d). In the iistrictof Kezanlick, Koustchi Osman Agha, at the head of a band of Mussulmans, travelled from village to village, demanding money from the inhabitants and threatening them with arrest in case of refusal. He thus succeeded in securing a plunder of 560 lire. AtUurutche, while the villagers were away conveying goods to the station, the Mussulmans robbed their houses and ill-treated their defenceless women and children. At Koshidja.the Turks broke at night into the house of Hadji Todoro, a Bulgarian, tortured him with red hot irons, and, after plundering him of 20,000 piastres, stabbed him with their knives. His son-in law was cudgelled severely by them as they were leaving thehouse with theplunder. Robberies and murders are matters of frequent occurrence in the village of Terfikli. vne of the inhabitants has been robbed of more than 100 lire by the Kozaks. Two young peasants have been slain by Mussulman assassins. A priest has been robbed on the road between Souhlari and JL- i' w'^e has been violated in his presence, and hmiself stripped to the skin, his very beard being cut off from his face. The priests of the village of Kara-Tueikli were tied to a country cart and dragged about all night, beaten and wounded, and were only released upon payment of 12 £ lire each. The Bulgarian Bishop of Sliven was attacked in the town of Yamboli by 30 or 40 Mussulmans, and though he was himself rescued by the police, his servants were subjected to the most severe ill-treatment. A boy of Kadi-Keui, 15 years old, on his way to Silven was stopped by some Turkish soldiers, who hewed him down with their knives he was brought to the Governor t house, bleeding from the throat, and by bim sent back to his village in a dying state without further inquiry. At Elkovo five peasants going home from market were attacked by the Turks, who de- manded their money. One of them tried to escape, but was shot dead on the spot. The others saved their lives by delivering their purses. The tortu-es by which money is extorted mainly consist in burning the victims with red hot irons, piercing their tongues with sharp daggers, compelling them to tread bare- footed on heaps of thorns, &c. "Sadick Bey, with some others, went from village to village violating Bulgarian girls. More than 100 have been ravished." And in a private letter from Erzeroom which Is now before me I read :—" The horrors, the cruelties, the roguery of officials one sees in the provinces are sickening, even at this moment, when one would suppose the Mussulman would be on his good behaviour to save the empire. One would say the Tuiks are acting on the sauve qui pent pressure of despair. Instead of 12^ per cent, tithe they are taking on some articles 20 to 50 per cent. In two cases I had to expostulate with the Vali. In one the demand of the collectors was at the rate of some 60 or more per cent. They demanded 12.J per cent. on hay, fixing the value at 168 piastres a mea- sure, when the value in the town where it was sold was only 50. Thus the tax was over 42 per cent. The c ise was ^so glaring that the Pasha was obliged to step in. But in rural districts away from here the Vali's in erfer- ence could not avail. There the tithe collectors have been levying 32i per cent. on hay. In the district j110'? ^'ie Christians are at this moment being robbed of everything they have by the Government, by bands of armed deserters, and by organised banels of brigand traders. The Government takes taxes in excess, the deserters levy black-mail, and the armed tradeis force, their goods on the villagers at three, four, and five times their value." Here I put an end to my quo- tations. It is as yet by no means certain whether the promised half-coupon will be paid in full or not but if it is, if the bondholders come by part of what they most justly claim as their own, let them enjoy their money in happy ignorance and be thankful. ^le Times correspondent at Herzegovina states that more than 300 soldiers are reported to have been frozen to death about Douga, and a greater number are frost-bitten in hospitals.

THE BRITISH WORKMAN.

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THE MERTHYR POST OFFICE

LOCAL RAILWAY TIME TABLES

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