Second earlier than, our spirits rose out of the blue

As half-dead a second earlier than, our spirits rose out of the blue, and all of the gaiety of life surged once more inside us; for therefore flowed a jet of chilly, pure, crystal-clear water, filling a collection of stone cattle-troughs that ran the entire size of the wall. In such oases we might pause for our meals and a brief sleep within the welcome shade, the horses can be fed, and even Grivei would rush ahead, barking gladly, to slake his thirst and funky his ft within the stream. These solely who’ve suffered the parched throat and burning lips can know the heartfelt thanks with which such a sight is hailed ; and all such will be part of me in blessing, not western civilization, not the Bulgarian authorities, not even a water firm or a sanitary board, however the despised Turk.

The devotion of a simply a part of a person’s wealth to non secular and charitable functions is a continually reiterated and piously noticed precept of Islam, and the development and endowment of fountains (tsheshmes) is among the most admirable expressions of Turkish munificence. Years in the past some benevolent Mohammedan, passing this spot, had wanted to drink, and found the spring. Out of gratitude to the Giver of all good issues he had raised and endowed this gracious monument, so that his fellow- males may the higher take pleasure in the identical blessing, and the trustworthy have water for his or her ablutions. The identical hand that erected the fountain for the traveller, planted additionally the bushes to shelter him from the scorching rays of the solar, and gave the encompassing land tc* present pasture for his horses. Above the purpose from which flows the limpid and treasured stream is, typically, a modest panel of white marble, on which is graven, in delicate Arabic script, maybe the identify of the donor, which no wayfarer may learn with out respectful gratitude, or maybe a verse from the Koran. It was with anger virtually amounting to fury that, time and again, I discovered these little recording tablets mendacity damaged on the bottom, purposely eliminated and defaced by that far much less admirable race to whom the Turks as soon as taught a really obligatory lesson in charity, piety, and cleanliness.


AFTER leaving the camp at Indzhe-Kioi, we adopted the banks of the lake Devna and the stream which feeds it, travelling inland till we reached a glass-factory and some cottages simply earlier than Gebedzhe, however on the alternative aspect of the little river.

Typically emphasised that Velchev

In one other letter Swire wrote that ‘It can’t be too typically emphasised that Velchev is NOT a republican: however he wished to clip the King’s wings in order that he might do no extra hurt, both wittingly or unwittingly.’ And in the identical supply we learn just a little earlier that not solely was Velchev not a republican however in actuality a defender, albeit maybe a reluctant one, of the monarchy:

One other mistake made in England is to again King Boris as a result of he drives railway engines and infrequently shakes palms with peasants. Both he’s intentionally reactionary, or he’s a weak-kneed flop exploited by the reactionaries. The peasants are muttering angrily about “that Coburg”. Velchev as soon as instructed me he thought the day would come when he must save the monarchy—and if he lives I believe he in all probability will. I imagine the King himself is starting to understand that too.

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We all know full effectively that such cooperation between Boris and Velchev by no means did happen, nor did Swire’s naive perception in it final very lengthy. Quickly after Velchev’s arrest he was writing in very bitter and scathing phrases of Boris.


King Alexander visited Sofia

A narrative is reliably instructed in Belgrade that when King Alexander visited Sofia on the finish of Sep* tember 1934 King Boris, earlier than presenting Velchev to him, remarked: “That is our Apis”. ., Subsequent day King Boris abruptly requested King Alexander: “How did you rid your self of your Apis?”, to which Alexander replied that not he however a accountable Authorities had “liquidated” Apis and his buddies. And when Alexander, on returning to Belgrade, was discussing his go to to Sofia along with his Cupboard he stated (in keeping with this story): “King Boris tried to get me to prescribe a components whereby he might do away with Velchev. Velchev had higher take care.”25

This was after all pure hypothesis and we now have no proof that Boris ever made such remarks, however that Swire might report them is a measure of his personal mistrust of the King. This mistrust put Swire at odds along with his personal authorities in London and with British representatives in Sofia.