The Turks And Other Nations In The Sixteenth Century

During the Sixteenth Century the power of the Ottoman conquerors continued to grow. Sultan Selim I conquered, in 1517, Egypt, Syria, and Palestine, and took possession of Mecca, the Holy City, in Arabia. Soliman II (the “Magnificent”) reigned from 1519 to 1566. In 1522 he took Rhodes from the Knights of St. John. He then […]

The Eastern Question

The present condition of Turkey within the last hundred years stripped of some of her fairest possessions, and the seat of her Empire in the possession of the great powers, and dependent upon the great powers for her very existence is a conspicuous example of the mutability of human affairs. It seems to be the […]

Suppression Of The Ottoman Power

During much of the Seventeenth Century the Ottoman power was at war with Venice, which at this time, though the Republic was in her decline, was the chief champion of Christendom against the Moslem. After a war of twenty-four years (1645-1669) the Turks succeeded in making themselves masters of the island of Candia or Crete, […]

Byzantine Capital

It is impossible to convey to the reader any adequate idea of the beauties of the Bosphorus at the point where Constantine located the capital of the Byzantine empire. The best way to approach it is by the sea, and as the traveler usually enters from the west, he sails through the Dardanelles, known in […]

Turkey – In The Land Of The Turk

I was unable to crowd into the last article all of our experiences in the land of the Turk, so I devoted it to Constantinople, leaving to this paper the discussion of the sultan, his religion and his govern-ment. Abdul Hamud Kahn II., is the present sultan of Turkey. He is sixty-three years old and […]

In The Bosphorus

I open this to tell you that with many delays and disappointments we have come thus far. We finished our sail on the Danube on Tuesday about noon, and landing at Tchernavoda took the railway across the Peninsula to Kustenji. It was funny to find an English-built railway here, with English conductors and engineers in […]

The Turk As A Shopkeeper

I troubled myself a great deal with the Turkish tongue, and gained at last some knowledge of its structure. It is enriched, perhaps overladen, with Persian and Arabic words imported into the language chiefly for the purpose of representing sentiments and religious dogmas, and terms of art and luxury, entirely unknown to the Tartar ancestors […]

When The Ottoman Turk Was In His Prime

But what must this city have been in the times of Ottoman glory ! I can not get that thought out of my head. The enormous turban gave a colossal and magnificent aspect to the male population. All the women, except the mother of the Sultan, went completely veiled, leaving nothing but the eyes visible, […]

Elsewhere In The Southeast

ADRIANOPLE Adrianople is two miles from the station. The night was pitch. Not a soul was about but the men on guard. They peered at the carriage, but when they saw the “kavass” they shuffled to attention. Over the cobbles we rattled through that city as of the dead. No lights save dim flickers in […]

A Rose Garden Eighty Miles Long

Ladies who are fond of the most precious of perfumes, attar of roses, will find, if they have the best attar, the name Kasanlik on the label. But where is Kasanlik, whether in Germany or France, or Italy, is a matter which not one lady out of a thousand bothers her fair head about. Kasanlik, […]