Source type: book
Document type: book chapter
Document title: “Coming Home to Turkey” [chapter 1]
Author(s): Brown, Demetra Vaka
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company
Place of publication: Boston, Massachusetts
Year of publication: 1910
Pagination: 1-29 (excerpt below includes only pages 21-22)
|Brown, Demetra Vaka. “Coming Home to Turkey” [chapter 1]. Haremlik. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1910: pp. 1-29.|
|excerpt of chapter|
|McKinley assassination (international response).|
|James A. Garfield; Abraham Lincoln; William McKinley; Hilmi Pasha.|
From title page: Haremlik: Some Pages from the Life of Turkish Women.
From title page: By Demetra Vaka (Mrs. Kenneth Brown).
Published 1910; copyrighted 1909.
Coming Home to Turkey [excerpt]
I barely remembered Hilmi Pasha,
although I had known him before I went away from Turkey. When he came in, he
kissed his first wife first, then his second, and it seemed to me that there
was a difference in his manner to the two, the first kiss being that of a lover,
the second that of an older man to a pet child.
He talked with me concerning affairs in America. It was just after the assassination of President McKinley. All the papers printed in Turkey were only permitted to say that he had died of indigestion. The news of the murder of a ruler can never be printed in Turkey, because it is supposed to put ideas into the heads of the malcontents. However, every one in Turkey who counted at all knew the truth about McKinley and discussed it.
Hilmi Pasha expressed his astonishment at the inability of the American government to suppress the anarchists. “Isn’t he the third one they have killed?” he asked. 
I explained that Lincoln and Garfield were not killed by anarchists, but Hilmi Pasha only smiled as much as to say,—in our slang,—“What are you giving us?” In Turkey the truth about public matters is so often suppressed that he thought I had some reason for not telling it now.