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GREEKS GOING TO WAR MOSTLY TO AVENGE
New York, Oct. H Thou
sands upon thousands, of Greeks,
all over America, are, leaving their
tiny.shoe-sHine parlors, thcir-hat-cleaning
niches and their little
corner fruit standi these days and
are sailing home "toJighV They
are marching down -to -the docks
in New York in big. companies to
The little Greek sitting on his
trunk is going back to "get
even" with a "bushwhacker"
who pillaged his home.
the lift and swing of martial tunes
-and the beautiful blue flag of
-Greece flaps, over them.
But it is vengeance, rather
than patriotism, that animates
Nearly every Greek who is sail
ing has a "grudge to wipe out"
tor seems to have. And these
grudges are all against "bashi
bazouks" or Turkish bush
rangers. "I know the six men I know
the six men," muttered Dimitmos
Vranas between his teeth, as he
sat on the rail of the steamship
'Madonna," about to drop anchor
"I know them, and they shall
die. They shall all die. I do not
care so much about the war itself.
I do not like to fight. But these
six men now I have the chance
to kill them, and I shall do it I
will spend all my money to. go
over just to see them die.
"Our little home was in the vil
lage of Hemara. My brother and
myself lived there happily most
happily with our old father and
mother. We had a vineyard, and
made our living from the grapes.
"One night Lazar and I went
to town to sell our fruit. When
we came back in the morning, our
house had been ransacked and
burned to the ground. Our old
father and mother had died in the
"We could not'bear ever to live
there again. We came to Amer
ica. That was three years ago.
We started a shoe-shining parlor
and made money.
"A year ago our relatives wrote
that they knew the six bashi-ba-zouks
who killed our parents.
'The time will come,' we said
then, and we will get even 'with
"Now the time has come! We
have got our six men marked!
We haveplenty of lead for them."
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