February 12, 1913
TURKISH TROOPS FIENDISHLY MURDER
ABDUCT YOUNG GIRLS
OTTOMANS SLAY ALL IN CITY
Crazed by the Exhortations of the Islam Priests the Followers of the Prophet Fall Upon Helpless Old Men and Women and Hack Them to Death--Young Women and Girls Carried Off to Harems of Mussulmen Officers
Sofia, Feb 12--Dispatches from the front announce that the army scouts last night reached the little town of Buvuk Chekmedja just too late to prevent a wholesale slaughter of all the Christian inhabitants of the place. The Turks, led by their officers and driven to frenzy by the preaching of their priests, who have declared a Holy War, attacked the Christians of the village late last night, when refused money by some of the Christian elders of the place. The men and the older women they hacked to pieces with their knives and bayonets. Babies were thrown into cauldrons of boiling water and the young girls and younger women were made slaves of and marched away, to become inmates of Turkish harems. Not one Christian out of several hundred was left alive to tell what had happened when the Bulgarian soldiers entered the place.