Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 22, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta
44 IHE lENIGRIDGE HERALD Wednesday, Sepleniber 12, 1971 Onrr ouc o! ilic niosl JMiloHsly-giuirded in tlic world Turks open the harem of the sultans to public .....n [mm 15 to unveiled Ihcir sullnns ivcakrnnl ant! some- I faces so lhal they could be rcc- limes for long periods Lhc cm- It y .Ml MI! ohscnrr SciviiT _-......---- i ognizcd. Sonic of thrm werej pirc would in effect be ruled by 'I'he Turks have- never claimed. A few may slill j crafty women, npened ID the public, on be alive. One nf UK; n.iflsl iulercsling men I cf Ihe hiirem ot tin.1 Ottoman sul-j .sultan be .sufficient, lans. once one of Ihe niosl jeal-j rjicaLe ''imperial nolJce" of a places in the concubine. (Some historians he would throw the pii'l his rears until landkcrchirfi. This would mean ers lived in (lie harem, bv black eunuchs fsom nail entrance fee, I An approving glance Irum Ibc places in ilie harem is The ,M.------- ....i iii. ...re- ;_._, i.. i a threc-slorey house. The Cage was instituted lo replace Lhc bloodthirsty rule that ever} sulLnn, upon mounting I h c throne, should put all liis broth- ers lo death lo prevent them from having any subsequent, claim to the crown. One sultan, Mohammed III. put, his 19 brothers lo death and had seven of his father's pregnant concu- bines strangled and thrown into early this century the sultans, that the sultan might call the Ihcir hundreds of concubines, anv lime. She would pass royal princes and ijucen moth- 1 into the bands of Ihe dcpart- served the Su- dan. By an odd, unrelated coin- cidence the lasl imperial eun- uch is reported lo have died this week at Ihe age of 80 in a home [or old people in Istanbul. rt of the The harem pa Topkapi Palace, on Ihe shores of the Bosphorous, built by Mchinet the Conqueror after be captured Istanbul from the Byz- antines in 1453. It consists of a maze of 360 aparlments, halls. rooms, corridors, baths, paved courtyards, vestibules, stairs and passages built in different periods, according lo the whims of different sultans. Nexl to hal of dazzling splendor. where the sultans watcbcd (.heir concubines dance, are dark and narrow corridors and shabby rooms filled discarded household goods TUit every nook and cranny of thp harem, even the lavatories, is decorat- ed with fine tiles arid gilded woodwork. Until 1909, when the harem system ended and the concu- bi.ies dispersed, nolhing of any consequence was known about it. In that year nnc of Ihr- last 01- Inmnn Sultans. AMul llamid, was exiled to Salonika wild a few of lik favorites and H70 wo man and 127 eunuchs w e i' e Ihcir freedom. A procession of 31 carriages took Ihe concubines from Ihe palace They were shown lo their relatives, mostly Circas- sian from mountain villages, who were asked lo come and claim the women. The concubines, wilh ages rang- menls which would prepare her for the royal bed. The Keeper of the Baths would claim her first. She would be bathed, mas- saged, shampooed, perfumed and her hair dressed. Her body would be shaved and her nails thereafter all princes, including the heir-apparent, lived there behind iron bars of fine work- manship. Their education was neglected and they were ignor- ant of the rudiments of stale- crafl. Served by deaf mutc-s and enjoying themselves with slcrilc concubines they awaited Ihe day Ibey might become sidtaus or end their days in the hands of strangles. It was to Uicse unfortunate people, who had all but losl the power of speech and possessed Ihe brains of a pigeon, lhat the reins of a complex and decay- ing empire wore entrusted. One Sultan, aptly named Ibrahim painted. Slie would be dressed _ by the mislress of robes and jewelled by Ihe head treasurer When the call came the con- cubine would enter the sultan's bedroom, approach Ihe foot of the bed. lift up the coverlet, and raise it lo her lips and forehead in a show of respect and obedience. Then she would enter the bed from Ibc foot and slowly to the royal the Bosphorus, just to be on The The Cage was built, and I The Cage with daily fear of j and silk enhanced with jewell- the Had, spent eight years in being strangled by deaf mutes. When attendants came lo tell him of the sultan's death be barricaded the doors with Ihe help of Ihe concubines for fear that they were trying lo cajole him out to bis death. The at- tendants bad lo break down the doors and throw the dead body of the sultan at his feel. "The butcher of Ibc empire is at lasl he shouled, dancing around the corpse, and glee- fully accepting the accession, An historian has described the scene when music, dances and mimic exhibitions were provid- ed for all the concubines. "The massed beauty of (the women) their dresses of satin cry of every dcscriplion, the richness of the fumilure, the brilliancy of Ilic illumination, the silciil line of black eun- uchs, and finally the Sullan himself, scaled on Ihe tin-one in scarlet robes edged with sable, a dagger at his waisl studded wilh diamonds, a white egret in his turban held in place by a cluster of diamonds and rubies, bis bejewelled wat- er-pipe at his side, Ihe room heavy with the perfumes of wo- men, the incense of the brazi- ers, and the scented coffee all this musl have been a sight to see indeed." Now in the empty rooms this is left to the imagination of the visitor. mcnl and bravery strikes hit Aussie city Australia (AP) Rail, mail and brewery strikes hit tliis dty of 2.7 million today. Suburban and city train serv- ices, which operated spasmodi- cally through the day due to a strike by guards, came to a hall at the peak evening rash hour, leaving tens of thousands of commuters stranded. It nearly impossible to get taxis in downtown Sydney and many people hitchhiked or walked home. Once there, they were un- likely to have had any mail de- strike by post office workers severely reduced inaD deliveries. A stoppage also put Austral- ian Broadcasting Commission television programs oft the air. Three commercial stations were not affected. And in some hotels and clubs beer supplies ran out following a strike by brewery workers and delivery drivers. The strikes were called to hack wage demands. CONVICTED OF TOTITITIE LOS ANGELES (AP A self-described black nationalist who formed a political revolu- tionary organization after the Walts riot has been sen- tenced to prison, convicted of torturing a woman follower. Ron Karenga, 30, founder of US, was sentenced here in Superior Court to one to 10 years for felonious assault and false imprisonm creep up lover. In the morning the sultan would change all his cloLhes, leaving the girl Ihose he was wearing wilh all Ihe money in IILS purse, If the concubine took the sultan's fancy she would become a favorite and enjoy a high salaried status. If she was lucky she would bear him a son and become a queen moth- er, ruler of the harem if and when her son became sultan. A CHOICE Few of the Ottoman sullans took formal wives. They had a choice of Ilic preKicsl nirls in the empire which a I ils peak extended from Tunisia lo Iraq and from Ibc Sudan lo Austria, His harem might contain any- Ihinu lo Tlic damn eonlrilmlrd [o Iho long decline and fall ef the Ot- toman Empire. In a web of in- trigues spun by queen mothers, favorite concubines and chief eunuchs, the authority and in- I tere.st in slate affairs of Lhe Indoor plumbing an absolute must By Weil A. MU.UG.AV REYKJAVIK I API Re- mole Iceland, which has one of the highest standards of liv- ing in the world, also has one of the highest standards of public sanitation. The capilal of Reykjavik, for instance, doesn't allow dogs within the city limits, no matter how pure the pedigree. .Man's best friend can sniff around (he fjords and geysers, but he's banned from city streets until be masters the skills of indoor plumbing. The city also sets aside an octagonal shaped bouse way out on the point of a lagoon in a public park where budding bassoon, flugel horn, viola or ivhat-have-you virtuosi can practise Iheir riffs and arpeg- gios without maddening the crowd. Reykjavik Further coddles the eardrums of Us in- habitants by keeping its jet airport at Keflavik, 35 miles away, despite constant pierc- ing screams from Hie mtenja- tional carriers who call at this half-way station between con- tinents Since hot. steam rising from underground Ihermal springs heals most of Ihe buildings, the capilal is virtually a smokeless city but not a smell-less city, especially when the wind is out of the west, which is where the fish factories happen lo be. Air Canada pilots gel more money MONTREAL Can- ada lias .signed a contract granting a general wage increase to most of the l.ICO members of the Canadian Air T.ino Pilots association. Tlir now .-mrermen! runs for It nimilh.s slarlmp Nov. I ami Ei-anls ;in additional niie-balf per-conl iiiereaso for fir.sl anrl Mvmir] off i'TIT. Air fan- --.'ml in ,1 .Mnlement Salarv for Air ('an.ida pilots Mill ranpp holwrrn OOn for pilots of HIP Viscount nircratl, lo annually for BocinR 717 nilols. PilnLs on Llrc Vanguard, DC-0 anrl DC-fl will pet a p p r o x i malcly and lively. m.Tvimitin number of hours a pilot i.s permitted lo work each month will be jzr.'sd- nally iTdin r (I lo hour; from Wi under the new tontracl. But such pungent aromas are perfume lo the sliirdy nos- LriJs of the Icelanders, who depend upon fish for 60 per cent o[ their economic well being. An Icelander, in full communion with the idyllic delights of his volcanic home- land, can promenade his girl past the whaling factory on a muggy day and sniff Lhe po- etry of life. Iceland challenges society lo enjoy itself responsibly by combining one of the world's toughest driving while inloxi- caled laws with two potent na- tional drinks. Brennivin, a fiery, inno- cent-looking schnapps, would jar a polar bear from his floe. Ansi, meaning donkey, min- gles a home-distilled aqua vitae with ginger ale. At the first pop of a bottle top. the police are usually on patrol in the nearest parking lot ready lo administer a bal- loon test, followed by a man- datory blood tesl, followed by anylhing from revocation of license to a stiff jail sentence if the imbiber ventures near a vehicle. The law has proved a deter- rent to driving but not lo drinking. Iceland on a Satur- day night can match Glasgow stagger for stagger, probably more so because the festive Vikings need more interior in- sulalion for the long frosty walk home. ONE DRY DAY the old Nor.se toast, is delivered with a scowl, and understandably so. It derives from the Icelan- dic M-ord for skull and the tra- ditional hfibit of fOicinn off fho pair of vnur nnrmy and drink- ing In victory in a nip fash- ioned from his pkull bone. 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