TURKS KILL WOMEN AND BABES AS FLAMES CONSUME SMYRNA
AMERICAN SAILORS TELL OF LOOTING AND PILLAGING AFTER KEMALIST FORCES ENTER ASIA MINOR SEAPORT.
The Evening Star, Washington D.C.
15 September 1922.
By Cable to The Star and Chicago Daily News.
SMYRNA. September 14 (delayed). - A crime which will brand the Turks forever was committed Wednesday, when the Turkish soldiery, after finishing their looting and pillaging, set the town on fire. Smyrna is now almost completely destroyed. Not a single important establishment is left and the total loss is estimated at more than $1,000,000,000.
There is indisputable evidence that the crime was planned and executed by the Turkish authorities. American sailors guarding the various buildings into which the refugees had crowded saw with their own eyes Turkish officers spreading fires and setting fire to houses, after which they locked the doors and left.
At the American Collegiate Institute, where 1,500 Armenian refugees were gathered, the American guard saw the Turks killing women and babies. An American sailor leaving the institute was fired at by the Turkish soldiers who had been sent the day before by the Turkish authorities to protect the lives of the Armenians.