parti-coloured notes that at that time represented the currency of the Ottoman Exchequer; & viewing the situation with suspicion & seeing little likelyhood of ever being paid – like a wise man – cleared out. He was, however, never fully paid until Nov 1916.
The Comdt refused to help us to obtain milk for our serious cases of dysentry, in spite of the fact that cows abound in Yozgad, that conduct was in keeping with the open hostility and animosity which he always showed towards us. We were obliged to buy our necessaries through the Interpreter at fancy rates, knowing full well that we could obtain the same articles in the bazaar at 50 to 80% cheaper, for example a small reading lamp was sold to us by the Comdt for 12 piastres, a few days afterwards we obtained the identical article in the bazaar for 7 piastres – 5 piastres in this case was high!
I saw that unless we had a visit from the American Consul we stood no chance of redress. The Comdt was very harsh and gratuitously impertinent to us, up to Aug 16th he had only been near us once, and on that occasion the interview was unsatisfactory. On Aug 17th the lieutenants