Press enter after choosing selection

The Turco-servian War

The Turco-servian War image
Parent Issue
Public Domain
OCR Text

Tliere is no longer any doubt that tho Servían line of defense has been completely broken, and that the whole country now lies open to Turkisn invasión. TÍio capture of Gurgusovatz renders both Saitschar and Alexinatz nn1;enable, and it is scareely possiblo that the remnants of the Servían army can be concentrated in any iiew defensive position. Gen. Tchernayeff has shown that he is no match for Öaman Pasha; hehasprobably been outgeneraied from the beginning, and his whole campaign must be set down as an inglorious failure. We cannot assuine that a people so warlike and so eager for the present corjílict as the Servians have shown any lack of bravery; but the most galiant troops in the world lose both faith and force when they feel that they are badly commanded. If the report be true that Gen. Tchernayeff failed to send reinforcements to Gurgusovatz in timo to save the place, his incompetency is equivalent to treason. For the past fortnight the movements ot the Turkish army have been so rapid and well directed that the chance now opened to it is sure to be seized. The two ronds into the valley of the Morawa - one from Gurgusovatz to Banja and Alexinatz, and the other from Saitschar to Paratjin (Prince Milan's headquarters) - cannot bc held by the defoated, scattered, and demoralized Seivians. A rapid advance of the Turks will open for them the way to Belgrade, bef ore reachng which the Danube gives them a new jase of supplies. If the struggle were olely between Seryia aüd Turkey, the peedy triumph of the latter power tnight now be accepted as certain. But the interests" involved extend far seyond the question of the independence f a province or two. The latter ia the ery least of them. The features of a ong-delayed yet inevitable religious onflict become every day more aparent. The horrible massacre in Buljaria, incredible as they seemed at first, jrove to have been scareely exaggerated. 'he released fanaticism of Islam has ïelped Osman Pasha to his yictories, nd the march of the Turks through servia will leave only blood and ashes jehind it. Such devices as are employed n Oonstantinople, of enlisting Ohriftfen agabonds tfnder a banner blazoned with tie cross and crescent, side by side, deeive Europe no longer. Even in Engand the conventional pro-Turkish feelng is rapidly dying out ; the London Times of yesterday simply gives a late xpression toa sentiment which has been preading and growing for two months )ast, until it has become something very ike indignation at the cool, indifferent ttitude of the Government. Even the lea of maintenance of the Ottoman ower in Europe, as a political necesity, will have little weight in the face f such evidence as has now been furiiislied to the world. The defeat of Servia is thus coincident vith an immense accession of sympathy or the interests she represents. If for;une further deserts her arms - as is most probable - it will be impossible to )revent that sympathy from inoving to ïer aid. On the other hand, the hate nd barbarity of the Turks, who seem ent on reviving the spirit of the seventh entury, and are hardly restrained by a 1-overñment still in a state of revolution, will be etimulated to new atrocities. In be present temper of the people, success means excess. How long will the policy f non-intervention tolérate such a sitution ? It is already responsible for 1 ral weeks of slaughter. If either a üueopean war or a bárbaro as and intolrable peace is to be avoided, the great 'owers must not lose another day. ?hey must agree upon some temporary )latítude, as heretofore, and enforce a )acification upon the baeis of complete rd guaranteed protection to all the Christian sabjects of Turkey.


Old News
Michigan Argus