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Bulgarian Atrocities

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l trom tüo I-onuon Times.] The next part of the report deals with the case of Barak - the most fearfnl tragedy that happened during the whole insurreotion. The Medjliss of Tartar Bazarjik, hearing that preparations for revolt were going on in this village, ordered Achmet Agha, of Dospat, to attack it, and this individual, having joined his forcea with Mohammed Agha, of Dorkeva, proceed ed to carry out these orders. On arrivinsr at the village, ho sumnioned the inhabitants to gire np their arms, which, as they mistrusted him, they refused to do, and a desultory flght succeeded, which lasted two days, hardly any loss being inflicted on either side. On the Sth of May the inhabitants, seeing that thirigs were going badlv with them, and that no aid cama from without, had a parley with Achmet, who solemnly swore that if they only gave up their arms not a hair of their heads should be touehed. A certain number of the inhabitants, luckily for them, took advantage of this parley to make their escape. The villagers believed Achmet'a oath, and surrendered their arms; but this detaand was followed by one for all the money in the village, which, of course, had also to be acceded to. No sooner was the money given np than the BashiBazouks set upon the people and slaughtered them like sheep. A large number of people, probably about 1,000 or 1,200, took refuge in the church and churchyard, the latter being surrouuded by a wall. The church iteelf is a solid building, and resisted all the atteinpts of the Bashi-Bazouks to burn it from the outside; they consequently fired in through the windows, and, gettingnpon the roof, tore off the tiles, and threw burning pieces of wood and rags dipped in petroleum among the mass of unhappy hu man being3 inside. At last the door was forced in, the massacre completed, and the inside of the church burned. Hardly any escaped out of tkese fatal wlls. The only survivor I could flnd waa one oíd woinan, who alone remained out of a family of seven. Whn the door was broken in and she was expecting immediate death, a Turk took her by the hand, and saying, ' Come oíd woman, I am not giag to hurt you," led her away and saved her life. The spectacle which the church and ehurchyard present must be seen to be described; hardly a corpse has been burried; where a man feil there he now lies, and it is with difflculty that one picks one's way to the door of tho church, the eatrance of which is barred by a ghastly corpse stretched aoross the threshold. I visited this valley of the shadow of death on the 31st of July, more than two months and a half af ter the massacre, but still the stench was so overpowering that one could hardly force one's way into the ehurchyard. In the streets at every step lay human remains, rotting and sweltering iu the summer sim- hero the skull ofnnold woman, with the gray hair still attached to it; there the false tress of some unaappy girl, sla3hed in half by a yataghan, the head which it adorned having probably been carried off to be devoured by some of the dogs, who up to this have been the only seavengers. Just outside the village I counted more than sixty skulls in a littJe hollow, and it was evident from their appearance that nearly all of them had been severed from the bodies by axes and yataghans. Trom the remains of female wearing apparel scattered about, it is plain that many of the persons here massacred were women. It is to be feared, also, that some of the richer villagers were subjectod to cruel tortures before being put to death, m liopes t: at they wonld reveal the existence of hidden treasure. Thu Petro Triandaphyllos and Pope Necio were roasted, and Stoyan Stoychoff had his ears, nose, hands and fect cut off. Enough, I ihink, has been said to show that to Achmet Agha and his men belongs the distinction of having committed, perhaps, the most heinous crime that has stained the history of the present century, Nina Sahib alone, I shou'd say, having rivalled their deeds. As regards tlie number of killed, I have before stated that about 5,000 is my estímate. I am awaro that others place it higher, but be this as it may, whetüer the slain re to be counted by hundreds or by thousands, does not lessen in the least the criminality of the slayers. The intontion was to exterminate all except those few girls (probably about eighty) whom they carried off to satisfy their luste. Those that escaped owed their safety to their ovn good fortune, and not to the tender mercies of their neighbors. The Hcadly Llghtuing. The differences in the effect of lightning in various countries is remarkable. It is believed to be more dangerous in England than hore. Trom statistics collected it appears that on an average seventy-soven aro killed by it each year in France, and Ihe anuual list of killed and wounded there by this cause amounts to 250. The lowlying depart ments are less subject to it. Eighty were woundod aud mno killed in one thunderstorm nt Chatcauneuf-les-Montiersin 1861, and within one week, wheii the air was highly oharged with eleotricity, thirty-threo fearfnl flashes of lightuag were observed, each bringing death ;o Rome victims. Twenty-two people aro killed by hghtning every year in England, nino in Switaeland, and three in Bolgiurn. WniiE a well-digger named Welch v.v.h tamping a ohargeof powderin awelJ lie waa digging in Lïuno couuty, Tez., the other day, the blast exploded driving mping-rod trongh bis hearl


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