Lecture at Blindcrake
On Monday evening a large audience assembled in the Mission Room, Blidcrake, to listen to a lecture by Miss BUXTON, on "The Rule of the Turk." Mr. LAWSON, Isel Hall, presided, and, when introducing the lecturer, said that it was at first intended the lecture should be an account of Miss BUXTON's experiences whilst travelling in the dominions of the Sultan in Asia, but owing to the present disturbed state affairs in the Balkan peninsula, it was thought better to confine the lecture to Turkish rule as it affects not only the Turks themselves, but more particularly as it affects the Christian population.
Miss BUXTON is a very fluent speaker, and was thoroughly at home with her subject. She has had many opportunities of studying on the spot the manner in which the Turk governs his subjects. Corruption and bribery predominate, whilst justice, for the Christian especially, is a rarity; nay, he must pay a tax for the privilege of living. He has no appeal in the law courts, is not permitted to carry arms, and is taxed so heavily as to be always almost on the verge of starvation. Though the Moslem himself is oppresed by those in authority, still he can have recourse to the law. The cruel oppression which the Macedonians have suffered for so many years has produced a type of Christian of a somewhat degraded character, but the lecturer contended that if he were given proper opportunities of development, was governed by just laws, and had the same freedom allowed as in the other Balkan States, he would in course of time become less degraded, and as prosperous and as capable of self-government as the people in the states.
At the close of the lecture the Rev. B HAWKER moved the following resolution: — "That this meeting, realising the present state of affairs in Macedonia, is of opinion, that the Government of this country should endeavour to induce the other Powers to agree to a scheme which will secure the deliverance of these provinces from their present condition." — This was seconded by Mr. BAXTON, and carried unanimously, and will be forwarded to Mr. BALTOUR.
A vote of thanks to the lecturer and Chairman brought the meeting to a close.