Page images
PDF
EPUB

to range themselves under the banner of Maho- J.C. 1730.

Heg. 1143 met, andito attack this troop, if it appeared to increafe. : This precaution augmented Patrona's party with a great number of citizens, drawn av first to the standard of the prophet, but who, reAlecting on the good order that reigned in the city notwithstanding the rebellion (for not a lingle house had been pillaged'), and on the bad government, which every body had to complain of; began to look on Patrona and his friends ás the deliverers of the country, and co range themselves under his colours. No one came to disa perse these rebels, who; by their number and discipline, began to deserve the name of an army. The inaction and trouble that reigned in the seraglio clearly announced the terror of che master and of the divan. After having lost the grand a great deal of time, they attempted to affemble here the bostangis; but this simid troop was so dif- Condorces to perfed, that thirty of them could not be gotten them with, together. The icoglans were in so small a nuinber, and so little formed for carrying arms, that it would not have been prudent to oppose this feeble soldiery: 'even against the detachment of Ali,, who, being posted before the standard of . Mahomet, threatened the feraglio. The captain bashaw, more courageous than all the other members of the divan, resolved to go and assemble the levantis; he gave orders for the galleys to be brought to the seraglio-point, where he went himself. Four hundred levantis were already

landed,

[ocr errors]
[ocr errors]
[ocr errors]

Heg.1143

the levan.

J.C.3730: landed, and the drum was beating; as much to i affemble the old levantis as to enlift new ones, He endea- when they saw Patrona's little colours appear vours to afiemblem on the strand... This general (we will call him disore Bad lo for the future) had not lofta a moment since that at- he learned the moving of the galleys. Two Tampt.

battalions, which advanced in good order, fired on the levantis with their muzzles close to them, who were not yet formed in battalion. This dil. charge killed thirty of them and put the rest to fight. Patrona Calil then ftepping up to the captain bafhaw, who did not run away: “Abdi," said he to him, :7" wliy wouldst thou « assemble poltrons to defend tyrants ? Thy life te is in my powers but I reinember that, thou

favedít mine* when I was a levanti. One good .." turn deserves another. It will be thy own il fault if thou do not continue captain bafhaw,

" in case thou be willing to command brave fel:“ lows and serve thy country; but thou muft .“ swear on hy sword the destruction of thefe “ rascals whom we are pursuing.” The circumstance was pressing. Abdi, after having bound himself by the oath which they required of him, assembled his fugitives together as well as he could and joined the rebels. He caused the cannori of the port to be transported to their army, which continued in order of battle in the Almeidan.

Though the seraglio was not yet invested, a general terror reigned there. The grand reignior

seng Aidilad faved Patrena from Leing kanged lufa theft.

[ocr errors]

rebels.

empire.

[ocr errors]

sent the officer of the boltangiś, who had already 1.C. 1730

Heg.1143. spoken to the rebels, a fecond time toi-the wind Atmeidan, to demand of chem--what they would The grand

seignior have, and for what they were affembled. Pae fends for trona Calil, Muni, and Ali; -replied unanimouny, tine esthe that they demanded to have the mufti, the grand vizier, his kiaia, the caimacan, and the reis effendi, delivered to thein alive, and that they would tiồn offe

word veral offi noo lay down their arms till they were dipped cers of the in the blood of these five culprits. As the grand Pillage of feignior delayed his answer, and it was necessary to houles. have money to fubfift the army with, Patrona Cälil fent some of his men to-pillage the houses of the five miniftersAll the gold and Gilver that they found there was paid into the hands of the man that the rebels had made defterdar, and the valuable furniture was instantly sold at a low price. These five houses were not the only ones that were! pillaged : fome that belonged to the creatures of the proscribed ministers' experienced the same fate by order of Patrona, They also pillaged the palace of the governor of Galata and Pera, two quará ters which are almost entirely inhabited by Chris tians and Jews. Patroni, who was desirous of pleafing all, ordered that the money found at the governor's should be thrown out at the windows, in order, as le faid; to restore the Infidels the ra: pines and extortions which they lidaYuffered from this robber. Never was- there foo much ordet observed in a pillage. The Christians; who were always afraid to take any part in eommotións,

their

were

Heg.1 143

Patrona bloc

the shops

opened.

1.C. 1730: were invited and almost constrained by the janifa faries charged with unfurnilbing the governor's of house, to come and pick up the pieces of gold

and silver under his windows, which they were throwing out without reserye. .. iij.nu

:: However, no answer arrived from the grand emelie feignior, and no one came out of the seraglio. and causes Towards the end of the second day, Patrona necessary, thought it was time to block ic up. He conto life to be

ducted his army thither; but he first caused to be published, that all the butchers, bakers, and other dealers in the necessaries for life, should open their shops, and that those, who should be convicted of having done the least mischief to one of them, should be empaled immediately. He likewise published, that, if the Christians made no riot, and did not appear to take any part in the present event, no violence should be done them, Patrona took this precaution, because it was reported that the einperor had some thoughts of soliciting the assistance of the Christians. At length, the officer of the bostangis, who had always carried the emperor's messages to the rebels, came to tell them in his name, that he would depose the ministers whom they thought they had reason to complain of; but that the law forbade him to have the mufti put to death, and that he could never resolve to order the execution of the other ministers, who had served him faithfully.

The rebels replied immediately, that the mufti's · life should be faved, provided he were sent into ·

no

exile, but that they would take the other four .C.1730.

Heg.1143. from the seraglio by force, if the emperor con tinued resolutely bent not to give them up. The :: three chiefs, who knew that the sultan never sawi any thing but by the eyes of those whom they had ***** condemned, hoped that his constant refusal would foon give them reason to dethrone him himself. " They were desirous of conducting the rebels by degrees to this last blow. Recollecting that Achmet had put those to death who had feated him on the throne of Mustapha, they did not foresee more favor for themselves. Patrona faid to his friends, that the sword once drawn against the sovereign should never be slieathed again. Their astonishment was great about the middle of the third day, when they were beginning to take the mp measures to force the seraglio, to see the doors feignior:

causes his suddenly Ay open, and the four dead bodies of four mini

v sters to be the proscribed ininisters brought out on litters, ftrangled. preceded by the officer of the bostangis, who announced to them the condescendency of their master, and repeated in his name the order to separate. i i. : ; . . ii .

The grand feignior, advised by his women and eunuchs, had hoped that this act of weakness would appease the fedition : and in fact a number of the rebels, filling the air with acclamations of victory and thanks, seemed inclined to re-' tire, when Patrona and his most faithful confidents exclaimed, that the dead body brought them for the grand vizier's, was not really his;' , VOL. IV,

Tt

that

and

« ՆախորդըՇարունակել »