GREECE AND TURKEY NEAR BREAKING POINT
MANY MURDERS OF GREEK SUBJECTS AND CONFISCATION OF PROPERTY
OF OTHERS IS ALLEGED

The New York Times
Jan 10, 1915.


  
LONDON,  JAN. 9 - The  relations  be-
tween Greece and Turkey have reached
a  critical  stage. The  immediate   cause
of the trouble is the alleged persecution
of Greeks in Asia Minor.
   A  long  official  dispatch from  Athens,
received in London today, states  that a
number of Greeks have been  murdered
by  Turkish   bandits,  and  a sserts  that
the  Turkish  authorities  are  making no
effort to arrest the bandits.
   A private dispatch  states  that  Chris-
tians  are being  persecuted by  Turkish
authorities,  who   are  making   requisi-
tions on  landowners, compelling  them
to   give  up  large portions of their pro-
perty.  These  requisitions, the dispatch
says, amount  to  confiscation, since no
money is paid in  return and no receipts
are given.
   "This  state  of  affairs," says  the dis-
patch, "coming,  as  it  does, after  the
expulsion  of 120,000 Greeks from Asia
Minor last   Autumn  and  the  repeated
promises  of   the   Porte   to  stop  the
systematic   extermination    of  Greeks,
renders the situation critical  to the  ut-
most degree.

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