Excerpt from The Autobiography of a Journalist, Vol. 2 of 2
At last an English gentleman named Rogers, who lived at Syra, an ex-ofiicer of the English army, offered to carry me over to Canea on his yacht of twelve tons, and take the consequences. I found the consulate, like the position in Rome, deserted, the late consul having been a Confederate who had gone home to enlist, I suppose, for he had been gone a long time, and the archives did not exist. There was nothing to take over but a ﬂag, which the vice-consul, a Smyrniote Greek, and an honest one, as I was glad to find, but who knew nothing of the business of a consul, had been hoisting on all fete days for two or three years, waiting for a consul to come. I was received with great festivity by my proteges, the family of the vice-consul, and with great ceremony by the pasha, a renegade Greek, edu cated in medicine by the Sultana Valide, and in the enjoy ment of her high protection; an unscrupulous scoundrel, who had grafted on his Greek duplicity all the worst traits of the Turk. As, with the exception of the Italian consul, Sig. Colucci, who arrived shortly after me, not one of the persons with whom I acted or came in contact in my oﬂicial residence survives, unless it may be the commander of the Assurance, an English gunboat which figures in the record, of whose subsequent career I know nothing, I Shall treat them all without reserve or injustice.
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