A Sad Englishman

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A rather unfortunate English soldier was captured by an employee of a Turkish tobacco company who sent one of his ears to the Consul at Monastir, ordering a ransom be paid for him. Interestingly enough, this tobacco company is still around today–in a sense. The company was the Ottoman Empire’s largest foreign investment. It was called “Tekel” in 1825, but is actually still called “Regie” in Lebanon. I found it interesting that the company selling Lebanese tobacco is the same company which cut off an English soldier’s ear way back in 1905.

Will Hanley
Will Hanley
Associate Professor of History

I study the legal history of the Middle East and teach at Florida State University.