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* * * * * By Diana Agabeg Abcar "Have ye read the wondrous story A Transcendent page of glory! As it happened in Armenia In the province of Sebastia 'Tis a tale of women brave Choosing Death, themselves to save From the Turkish soldier's lust From his satyr passion gust Three thousand drank the poisoned cup Others, no poison left to sup, From crests of hills they leaping fell Into abyss of gorge and dell. Their fathers, brothers, husbands, sons 'Gainst Turk's artillery and guns Seven and twenty days methought Had battle waged and stubborn fought The foe, of arms well provided Whilst their meager stock exhausted Yet fighting still they heroic died. Shall we live, slaves to Turk's embrace? Nay! Sweet for us in death's dark grace So the women said, and fearless died." -- Diana Agabeg Apcar, born Rangoon, British East India 1859, died Yokohama, Japan 1937. Author of several books, pamphlets and articles, including "Peace and No Peace" in 1912; " Betrayed Armenia" in 1910; "Armenia Crucified" in 1918. Honorary Consul for the Republic of Armenia to Japan 1920, her final manuscript "From the Book of One Thousand Tales, Stories of Armenia and its People, 1892-1922" was published by granddaughter Lucille Apcar in 2004. "The Siege of Shabin Kara Hissar" appears in the above-mentioned above book as one of sixteen short stories.