Three Years in Constantinople: Or, Domestic Manners of the Turks in 1844, Volum 3

H. Colburn, 1845
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Side 297 - There is nothing from without a man, that entering into him can defile him: but the things which come out of him, those are they that defile the man.
Side 44 - ... slovenly soldier, and punish him severely for neglect. In that case, blows and gross language are not spared. It is much more common, however, to see officers as negligent and apathetic as their men, and to hear the former address the latter with the sympathetic terms of djanum (my soul), or koozum (my lamb). The garrison being concentrated in four or five great barracks, the above-mentioned distribution of whole battalions or regiments in koulooks is found more convenient, and saves shoe-leather...
Side 66 - PRAISE be to God, the Lord of all creatures, the most merciful, the king of the day of judgment. Thee do we worship, and of thee do we beg assistance. Direct us in the right way, in the way of those to whom thou hast been gracious ; not of those against whom thou art incensed, nor of those who go astray...
Side 41 - ... moisture, and serve as dormitories for attendants. Some of those marquees are thirty feet in length, and proportionately wide. The difficulty of striking and transporting such cumbrous equipage with an army, accounts for the slow progress of the Turkish masses, and for the losses they sustain if defeated. The camp equipage of the Sultan and army forms a heavy item of expenditure both for the civil list and war department. The latter is under the direction of the Storekeeper-General and the Tent...
Side 66 - To renew his profession of faith, and the ceremony of his marriage; and if he still persist in his error, he MERITS DEATH." Thus, according to the religious code, any man believing in immutable predestination is regarded as an incorrigible traducer of divine beneficence, and a disbeliever in the free will of thought and action bestowed by the Almighty on all his creatures.
Side 166 - ... slovenly when abandoned to themselves, which is generally the case; for, provided the regulation uniform appear outside, no trouble is taken to ascertain the quantity of clothing underneath. Thus they commonly wear two or more waistcoats, and often a quilted coatee, with wide drawers, thick waist girdles, and various other portions of ordinary attire under the jacket and trowsers.* * "White.
Side 50 - ... day; so that the Imam and his attendant, whose duty it was to wash the dead, stated that he must apply to the Serasker for additional aid, in order to enable him to perform his sorrowful office. During the month in question the Imam buried nearly nine hundred men. It has been omitted to mention, that the whole medical department is under the superintendence of the Hekim Bashy, who is profoundly ignorant of the therapeutic art, and nearly so of the principles of medical administration. But we...
Side 185 - ... IMPERIAL CLOTH FACTORY, situated at Ismid, in Nicomedia, barely supplies sufficient cloth for the purposes of the army, and it' is, in fact, one of the most unsuccessful establishments in Turkey. As a compensation for this, however, the Imperial Fez factory is much more successful; it employs 300 hands, under an Armenian sub-director, and produces a sufficient supply for the army. The surplus are sold in the bazaars without tassels, for thirty piastres a piece. THE AUXILIARY AND IRREGULAR TROOPS....
Side 271 - He it was, they say, who amused his leisure hours in the useful and innocent manufacture of baskets. But the art of covering these baskets with leather is supposed to have been invented at a much later period by an Afghan, named Seid Dabbaghy, who first introduced an improved system of curing skins — whence his name. This man, a disciple of the Prophet's, is patron of the tanners
Side 7 - ... even more than elsewhere, the manners of the people serve as a corrective to their institutions, this inferiority disappears in ordinary life. In the first place, instances of polygamy are extremely rare in Turkey. Mr White tells us—and he speaks from practical knowledge of the subject—that polygamy in the capital does not amount to five per cent. It is rarely met with save among the richest and most powerful functionaries; and even then plurality of wives is an exception. In Constantinople,...

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