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(without typos) from the publisher. 1885. Not illustrated. Excerpt:
... CHAPTER XI. Previous to this time, an Armenian young man was
beheaded in Constantinople by the Turkish authorities on account of
changing his religion. His head was placed under him, instead of
under the arm pits, according to an established custom, as an act
of contempt, or as an insult to Christianity; and he was thus
exposed to the public gaze for several days. The Turks treated the
matter very lightly by calling him a Giaour (Infidel), and said,
"What signifies that?" "He is nothing at all." This event very much
aroused the ieeling%of the foreign Christian ambassadors who,
through the English ambassador, demanded of the Turkish government,
that religious liberty be at once accorded to all the people, and
threatened it with grave consequences should this demand not be
granted. Upon the reception of this demand, Sultan Abdoul Mejid at
once issued a firman which was written in high Turkish. This
language, for the most part, is made up of Arabic and Persian words
and is not well understood by the common people. It was, however,
interpreted to mean that his government was a temporal one; that it
had no power over the souls of men; that this power belonged to God
alone; and that During this period, the English ambassador, Sir
Strafford Caning, was a great instrument in securing religious
liberty in Turkey for native Christian subjects. With his influence
he also greatly assisted the mission work. henceforth each
Christian subject of his domain should have the right to worship
according to the dictates of his own conscience, and further, that
no one should be permitted to call another a Giaour. This firman
was caused to be read in the navy yard at Nicomedia, and in every
public place throughout the Sultan's dominion; namely, to Turks,
Jews, Greeks, Armenians and al...
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