Ravished Armenia

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=The Long Line that swiftly grew shorter
THE LONG LINE THAT SWIFTLY GREW SHORTER

One of the most striking photographs of the deportations that have come out of Armenia. Here is shown a column of Christians on the path across the great plains of the Mamuret-ul-Aziz. The zaptieths are shown walking along at one side.



RAVISHED ARMENIA


THE STORY OF
AURORA MARDIGANIAN


THE CHRISTIAN GIRL WHO LIVED THROUGH
THE GREAT MASSACRES


INTERPRETED BY H. L. GATES


WITH A FOREWORD BY
NORA WALN


AND FOUR ILLUSTRATIONS FROM PHOTOGRAPHS




NEW YORK
KINGFIELD PRESS, INC.



Copyright, 1918, by
Kingfield Press, Inc.
New York




MY DEDICATION

TO each mother and father, in this beautiful land of the United States, who has taught a daughter to believe in God, I dedicate my book. I saw my own mother’s body, its life ebbed out, flung onto the desert because she had taught me that Jesus Christ was my Saviour. I saw my father die in pain because he said to me, his little girl, “Trust in the Lord; His will be done.” I saw thousands upon thousands of beloved daughters of gentle mothers die under the whip, or the knife, or from the torture of hunger and thirst, or carried away into slavery because they would not renounce the glorious crown of their Christianity. God saved me that I might bring to America a message from those of my people who are left, and every father and mother will understand that what I tell in these pages is told with love and thankfulness to Him for my escape.


Aurora Mardiganian.

The Latham,
New York City,
December, 1918.



THIS STORY OF
AURORA MARDIGANIAN



which is the most amazing narrative ever written
has been reproduced

for the American Committee for
Armenian and Syrian Relief in a

TREMENDOUS MOTION PICTURE
SPECTACLE

“RAVISHED ARMENIA”

Through which runs the thrilling yet
tender romance of this

CHRISTIAN GIRL WHO SURVIVED
THE GREAT MASSACRES


Undoubtedly it is one of the greatest and most
elaborate motion pictures of the age — every stirring
scene through which Aurora lives in the book, is
lived again on the motion picture screen.

SEE AURORA, HERSELF, IN HER STORY

Scenario by Nora Wain — Staged by Oscar Apfel

Produced by Selig Enterprises

Presented in a selected list of cities

By the
American Committee for
ARMENIAN AND SYRIAN RELIEF



CONTENTS
 
chapter page
Acknowledgment 9
Foreword 11
Arshalus — The Light of the Morning 19
I When the Pasha Came to My House 29
II The Days of Terror Begin 47
III Vahby Bey Takes His Choice 64
IV The Cruel Smile of Kemal Effendi 80
V The Ways of the Zaptiehs 99
VI Recruiting for the Harems of Constantinople 116
VII Malatia — The City of Death 132
VIII In the Harem of Hadji Ghafour 145
IX The Raid on the Monastery 158
X The Game of the Swords, and Diyarbekir 174
XI "Ishim Yok; Keifim Tchok!" 191
XII Reunion — and Then, the Sheikh Zilan 208
XIII Old Vartabed and the Shepherd’s Call 223
XIV The Message of General Andranik 239



LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS
 
The Long Line that Swiftly Grew Shorter Frontispiece
Map Showing Aurora’s Wanderings Page 75
Waiting They Know Not What Facing Page 158
Driven Forth on the Road of Terror " " 192
The Roadside of Awful Despair " " 234