Our find today from the early 20th century press is an article from the Daily Brooklyn Eagle of October 18, 1912. Author Julius Chambers published a column entitled “Walks and Talks” devoted to Southeastern Europe and the Balkans. In a section of the column, the author also devotes his words to Macedonia. The statements in his article are very interesting from a Macedonian point of view. You can read about why this is the case. Especially one sentence is the truth, quote: To this day, at Thessalonica, or Pella, or Edessa, one is told that Macedonia never was a part of Greece, but that all Greece was part of Macedonia!
Here is the whole passage about Macedonia:
…Bulgaria’s dream is of an independent kingdom, to which sooner or later will be awarded Rumelia and all parts of European Turkey not appropriated by Russia or seized by Macedonia.
The restoration of the Macedonian kingdom, which later shall gather in all Greece and revive the Alexandrian legend, is no longer a dream, confined to the shepherds huts of the high plateau of Ovchepolye – which means “sheep plain” – or the fishing villages of the Chalcidican Peninsula.
To this day, at Thessalonica, or Pella , or Edessa, one is told that Macedonia never was a part of Greece, but that all Greece was part of Macedonia! And such is the truth.
The Macedonians never were Greeks. The Macedonian Empire, under Philip and as extended by Alexander, embraced Greece, Thrace, Egypt, Syria, Asia Minor, Mesopotamia, Babylonia, Assyria, most of Armenia and the territories embraced in modern Persia, Afghanistan, Baluchistan, Western India and Central Asia as far north to the Aral sea.
Perhaps Macedon may rise again! She cannot do so until the Turk is driven across the Bosporus – remember, the Turk did not Enter Europe by the Bosporus, but crossed the Dardanelles, at Gallipoli…
And as the author says, it is fact. Macedonia has never been part of Greece in history. It was the ancient Macedonians who conquered and ruled Greece! Also, one should not forget the fact that in history until the 1820’s Greece never existed as a state, empire or political entity.
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The Brooklyn Eagle was first published on October 26, 1841. At times it was the highest-circulation newspaper in the United States. You can read the entire article in English, which mentions Macedonia, from the newspaper archive at the following link.
SOURCE: Brooklyn Eagle, October 18, 1912, page 11