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The Dethronement Of The Sultan

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The important news comes from Turey that a revolution has brokon out in Oonstantinoplfe, resulting ia tho dethroning of Abdnl Aziz, the Sultan. His successor, Mohammed Murad Eflendi, the presumptive heir, sou of the last Sultan, Abdul Medjid, succecds hirn under the Turkisli law of succession, which gives the throne to the oldest male member of the family of Othman, sprang from the Imperial harem, which is considered a permanent State institution. The late Sultan, who was second son of Mahmoud, IL, was bornFebruary 8, 1830, and is ten years older than hia suocessor. He succeeded to the throne June 95j 1801, and at the outset of his career promised to be a model ruler - for a Turk, He was lavish in tho announcement of reforms he intended making, and made good his promises for a time by dismissing the corrupt Minister of Finance, reducing the civil list, abolishing the seragh'o, declaring that he would not indulge in polygamy, and inaugurating many measures in the interests of the public welfare. In order to avail himself of the benefit of European civilization he traveled through France, England, and Austria in 1867, and on his return allowed f oreigners to hold real estáte, esta'olishing public high schools and scientiüc institutions, and ordered the Süpreme couft to draw up a civil code. Arrong the important political events of his career were the recognition of the independence of Italy, the negotiation of commefciítl treaties with England and France, the süppression of rebellions in Montenegro and Crete, the signing oi the treaty deneutralizing the Black Sea, and the acknowledgment of the accession to the Boumanian throne of Prince Charles of Hohenzollern. The promises of the earlier years of his reign, however, were not fulfilled. The seraglio was re-established. Corruptions of every description crept into his administration. He squandered the money loaned Turkey by England to repair the losses occasioned by the Crimean war in the most reckless profligacy, and has reduced Turkey to bankruptcy. Tha crowning misery of his career has come in the uprising of the Sclavic Ohristians against long-continued misrule and tyranny, arbitrary and onerous taxation, unjust discriminatioBS, and persecutions of the most cruel d3cription. It is as yet somewhat premature to speculate upon the effects that this change will have upon the relations between the Turks and the great powers. Itis safe to assntne that it will hardly resiilt in mitigarihg the asperities of the Mussulmans to the Ohristians from a religious point of view. The late Sultan had always been distasteful to the orthodox Mussulmans, their hatred of him commencing when he made his European tour, and the Softas, a very powerful and fanatical sect, have for some time been plotting for his abdication and inciting the people to revolution. -


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