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WAITING TO WELCOME THE LEADERS OF THE NEW GREEK PROVISIONAL GOVERNMENT ON THE PIER AT SUDA JUST BEFORE THE ARRIVAL OF M. VENIZELOS AND ADMIRAL COUNDOURIOTIS.
TURBULENT WARRIORS DEVOTED TO M. VENIZELOS: A CRETAN CHIEFTAIN (IN CENTRE) AND PEASANTS.
LEAVING SUDA FOR CANEA: M. VENIZELOS IN SOFT HATI AND ADMIRAL COUNDOURIOTIS IN THEIR CAR.
RETURNING FROM WELCOMING M. VENIZELOS TO CRETE: THE BISHOP OF CANEA, WITH ANOTHER PRIEST
LANDING IN CRETE, WHERE THEY WERE RECEIVED WITH GREAT ENTHUSIASM: M. VENIZELOS AND ADMIRAL COUNDOURIOTIS WALKING PAST THE BANNER-BEARERS ON THE PIER AT SUDA.
The landing in Crete of M. Venizelos and Admiral Coundouriotis, two members of the ” triumvirate ” of the new Greek provisional Government (the third being General Danglis, ,x-Minister of War), was a memorable occasion in the history of Greece. They left Athens by night, and arrived off Suda, in Crete, on September 25, in the s.s. ” Hesperia.” The landing was delayed for a time by. bad weather. Admiral Coundouriotis, who before leaving resigned his post as A.D.C. General to King Constantine, was accompanied by five senior officers of the Greek Navy. Writing on board the ” Hesperia ” in Suda Bay, just before the landing, Mr. G. J. Stevens says: “The heads of this dissenting
Administration are the two outstanding figures of Greece, M. Venizelos and Ao ‘ral Coundouriotis …. King Constantine . . . described the Salonika re’olutionaries as ‘scoundrels of patriotism.’ Will he go to the extent of applying the same epithet to Admiral Coundouriotis, who shares with him in an equal degree in the public estimation the glory of beating the Turks ? The one led the fleet while the other commanded the Army.” In a later message from Canea Mr. Stevens writes : ” An inaugural reli- gious service was held in the Cathedral to-day in honour of the new Government. . . The Bishop of Crete officiated.” M. Venizelos afterwards went to Salonika.