ANY pressure exerted upon the Turk in Europe, though it has the effect of liberating Christians from tyranny, invariably makes the lot of the Armenian Christians in Asiatic Turkey all the more deplorable. There is now in progress a new persecution which promises to exterminate them. The Manchester Guardian of last Monday gave the translation of a letter written from Constantinople in the middle of last month to an Armenian Bishop in a neutral country. The writer says that the misery of his people was then at its height. The Armenians in all towns and villages of Cilicia had been deported to the desert regions south of Aleppo. They were not allowed to take with them any of their property, and on their departure Mohammedans were installed in the property and homes from which they had been evicted. The deported were compelled to march on foot for periods varying from one to two months, the roads were marked by a line of corpses, and those who survived to reach their destination had neither food nor habitation nor work in the desert. Churches and monasteries have been looted, desecrated and destroyed, priests have been tortured, imprisoned and killed. All the young men have been sent to the Front. The destruction of the Armenians is in sight. The Turks desire to exterminate them without a general massacre and with as little fuss as possible, and to rule an Armenia in which there shall no longer be any Armenians.
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