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The Captain of the Janizaries

A story of the times of Scanderberg and the fall of Constantinople

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Author: James M. Ludlow
Published: 1886
Language: English
Wordcount: 107,979 / 313 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 75.7
Downloads: 667
Added to site: 2015.04.15
mnybks.net#: 32024
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o another; and I--I am of too little account to be even told 'Thy father is dead.'"

Scanderbeg paused in the light that streamed through the western window. It was near sunset, and a ruddy gleam shot across the room.

"This light comes from the direction of Albania, and so there comes a red gleam--blood red--from Albania into my soul."

He drew the sleeve of the left arm and gazed at a small round spot tattooed just above the elbow--the indelible mark of the Janizary.

"They that put it there said that by it I should remember my vow to the Padishah. And, since I cannot get thee out, my little talisman, I swear by thee that I shall never forget my vow; no, nor them that made my child-lips take it, and taught me to abjure my father's name, my country's faith, and broke my will to the bit and rein of their caprice. It may be that some day I shall wash thee out in damned Moslem blood. But hold! that would be treason. Scanderbeg a traitor? How they will hiss it from Brousa to Adrianople; f

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