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THE INDIAN ADVOCATE
163 This is the land far excellence where one may have a clear insight into the baneful influence exerted by heresy and schism on the christians separated from Mother Church. The latter have stood centuries of persecution simp ly because religion was closely identified in their mind with the higher interests of their respective nationalities; to day religion is to them very little more than a matter of tradition. They have fallen so low as to ignore the most explicit precepts of christian charity and morality. Bearing this in mind, the reader will not be surprised to learn why such degraded characters seem to us ill-fitted to inaugurate a truly liberal government and why the powers that have undertaken to create a united Ottoman nationality must display an unusual amount of diplomacy not to let conflicting interests and ambitions threaten the very existence of the new constitution. The late Macedonian troubles which called for the powers' intervention and culminated in the revolution of July 24, 1908 arose precisely from a deadly antipathy be tween Greeks and Bulgarians. This mutual hatred between two sister schismatical churches originated when the Bul garians, after recovering their political autonomy, succeed ed further in securing through Russian influence a com plete independence from the so-called oecumenical patri arch of Constantinople and in establishing in the very center of Stamboul the headquarters of a Bulgarian hexar chate. The story of the bloody strifes that ensued reads like the ' Vendettas' ' of Corsican bandits; these excesses roused public opinion in Europe against the Turkish go verment which, of course, enjoyed with undisguised plea sure this long series of assassinations and plunders. It is these revolting crimes that have led Bulgaria to take an everlasting revenge by throwing off altogether the au thority of the Sultan. So far concerning European Turkey.