[Boston—Wednesday, 22 January 1868]

Wednesday Jan. 22. Mrs Stowe, Georgie, Mr Allen, Ed. E. Hale, Mr & Mrs Skinner (the champion for Crete) dined here. Deeply interested in all Mr Skinner had to tell us, of the generous patriotism of the Cretans, soldiers hungry themselves carrying bread on their shoulders untouched miles on miles to their families. There are about 18.000 fighting Cretans—the Turks have already lost two or three perhaps four or five that number of men in their futile persecutions. He described the Nubians who fight with the Turks as a very ferocious body of men, entirely unlike the blacks of other lands, their nostrils & high heads, their very conformation is entirely different. The mutilation of the Turks, inflicted I mean by them upon the Cretans are something too terrible to make real. Having one day captured a fine youth they sent his ears to his brother saying if their town did not capitulate he should have more of his brother. Seeing no result from this they presently forwarded the right hand, whereat the Cretan captured six Turks and sent their heads in return. But life is of small account to the Turks, the Osmaulis are soft effeminate without power to make war of themselves, many of the leaders are Magyars or of Hungarian births and a low type compared with the “Christians.”

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