We were treated abominably

TCD MS 3416 page 70

TCD MS 3416 page 70

[July 1916]

Being cooped up, as we were, like criminals was a dreadful experience; we had to content ourselves with walking up and down the landing, which was in area only 8 yards by 5, and doing Swedish drill to keep ourselves in health. Our commandant Bimbashi Kaizim Bey never came near us to attend to our comforts or to exchange compliments; on one occasion, however, I saw him in the back yard inspecting the locks which he had had fixed on the outside doors. We were in fact treated abominably, our guards were continually pushing & hustling us about, and on several occasions they offered violence, and actually struck officers with the butts of their rifles by way of explaining that it was forbidden to look out of the front gate into the street. Our contractor, Ali Effendi, robbed us right and left in many instances charging us 100% to 150% over & above the local prices in the bazaar; he refused also to accept notes & thus we were obliged to part with our poor supply of cash, we being prisoners were absolutely powerless to look after our own interests, it was a question of cash or no food. We continually appealed to the Commandant, but we never received any satisfaction