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Hadshi Izzet Hated Christians

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Day
9
Month
February
Year
1894
Copyright
Public Domain
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Soir.e time ago there died in Adrianople one of the most famous and original of the snbjects of the sultan of Turkey. He was Hadshi Achmed Izzet, pasha governor general of the valayet, or province, bordering on the Black sea. Hadshi Izzet was an ideal Turk of the old school, a strange mixture of Solotnonlike wisdom and childish foolishness. energy and apathy, cruelty and mercy, truth and deceit, generosity and avarice. In the eyea of the ruler and contemporaries he was a hero, and it was with a purpose clear tomany that his majesty appointed him governor general of Adrianople and kept him for as many years at the head of that important province - the gateway of the Ottoman empire. The pasha was bom more tban 90 yeara ago and rapidly climbed to place commensurate with his name and the influenceof hisfamily. At the time of his death he was the dean of the Turkjsh viziero. Almost countless are the anecdotes told of the pasha, who was known and respected from the Turkish Dan to the Turkish Beersheba. His hatred of the "Christian dogs," as he ahvays called the people of the west. was boundless. It was invariably his custom, when force of circumstances obliged him to give his hand to a "dog, " to wash it upon withdrawal while in tbe presence of his guest. It is said that Hadshi Izzet laid aside his habit only once. One day a consul of one of the greatest Enropean countnes was obliged to seek an audience with the sultan 's lieutenant in gcvernmental afiairs. He had already been insulted once by the pasha's washing his hands after the greeting and d├ętermined that heshould not be so treated a second time if he conld possibly prevent it. Tbe consul was a thoroiigh masterof the Turkish tongue, and for this reason had a great advantage over many of his colleagues. When the servant of Hadshi Izzet received him at the palace threshold, he spoke as follows in a voice which he knew wonld reach the ears of the governor in his office near by: "Go and teil thy master that I wish to speak to him. Say to him that I ehall also do him the honor to give him my hand, but shall crack my hat over his ears if he attempts to wash his hands after shaking mine." The servant started away to announce the visitor to his master. But the governor had already heard the message and caine, smiling, toward the daring consul. While he placed his right hand in that of the foreign representativo he Baid: "That was right. You pleaseme, effendi. You at least have courage." The hands were not washcd until the

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