3563 THE TWENTIETH CENTURY-THE GREAT WAR.
marked; but as the process goes slowly on, it
develops into the most terrible agony, the
feet swell and burst, and not infrequently,
after being submitted to this treatment,
they have to be amputated. The gendarmes would bastinado their Armenian
victim until he fainted; they would then
revive him by sprinkling water on his face
and begin again. If this did not succeed
in bringing their victim to terms, they
had numerous other methods of persuasion.
They would pull out his eyebrows and
beard almost hair by hair; they would
extract his finger nails and toe nails; they
would apply red-hot irons to his breast, tear
off his flesh with red-hot pincers, and then
pour boiling butter into the wounds. In
some cases the gendarmes would nail hands
and feet to pieces of wood-evidently in imitation of the Crucifixion, and then while the
sufferer writhed in his agony, they would cry:
Now let your Christ come and help you!' "
One Turkish official, namely Djevdet
Bey, Vali of Van and brother-in-law of
Enver, won great fame for a new torment
which he originated. The connoisseur
in torture nailed horseshoes to the feet
of his victims and became widely known
as "the horseshoer of Bashkale."
In the pages of ancient history we used
to read of the Babylonians or Assyrians
carrying into captivity such and such
a people or tribe, but we could hardly
grasp the meaning of such statements.
Even when we saw the process portrayed
with grim realism on the conqueror's basreliefs, our imagination failed to give us
a true idea of the horrors of such an event.
"But now we know. It has happened in
our world, and the Assyrian's work was
not so fiendish as the Turks."
In some places the Armenians resisted
with the courage of despair, and here and
there, despite lack of proper weapons,