It could appear that constitutional authorities in Rumelia labored higher than in Bulgaria ; however there has all the time been nice discontent, arising partly from the interference of the Porte, the nonapproval of sure legal guidelines handed by the meeting, and the heavy tribute, and partly from a pure sympathy which led the inhabitants to want union with their brothers throughout the road. It was felt double authorities imposed heavier burdens on the 2 provinces taken as a complete than would have been brought on by a single authorities, and the customized’s frontier prevented free commerce between the members of what was virtually a single individuals. The customhouses had been all of the extra unpleasant as a result of they’d not existed when each provinces had been straight topic to Turkey. These in themselves had been grievances, and each one in any respect acquainted with the scenario of affairs noticed that ultimately the 2 provinces should turn into united, whether or not the Turks and the European powers had been prepared or not.
Feeling of sympathy for the Bulgarian inhabitants of Macedonia
However along with this there was a sense of sympathy for the Bulgarian inhabitants of Macedonia. It had been promised that liberal establishments needs to be launched into Macedonia by the Porte, and the bases of them had been even agreed upon with the European powers. These establishments, nonetheless, have by no means been utilized by the Porte. Not solely has the outdated system of Turkish authorities been continued in Macedonia, however rumored intrigues of Austria, if not of different powers, have led the Bulgarians to consider that the destiny of their compatriots in Macedonia is perhaps completely dissevered from their very own. It’s inconceivable to think about Macedonia as a single ethnical area. The inhabitants of the northern half is Serbian, that of the acute west Albanian, whereas the Greek aspect extends to far from the seaboard. The rest, apart from the Turks, who’re scattered right here and there, is only Bulgarian. As long as Bulgaria and Rumelia remained separated it was felt that if Austria ought to advance, as had been incessantly rumored, to Salonica, the Bulgarians of Macedonia can be completely separated from these of Bulgaria and Rumelia. The claims of Greece to a sure portion of this area are clear and effectively worthy of consideration, however their dialogue doesn’t enter into the current topic.
Owing then to the stress of all these issues, the inhabitants of Rumelia peaceably arose on the 18th of September, however deposed the chief officers, and proclaimed their union with Bulgaria.