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Book 8. The Flashing Of The Handjar
Private Memorandum Of The Meeting Of Various Members Of The National Council,
Held At The State House Of The Blue Mountains At Plazac On Monday, August 26,
1907. (Written by Cristoferos, Scribe of the Council, by instruction of those present.)
When the private meeting of various Members of the National Council had assembled in
the Council Hall of the State House at Plazac, it was as a preliminary decided
unanimously that now or hereafter no names of those present were to be mentioned, and
that officials appointed for the purposes of this meeting should be designated by office
only, the names of all being withheld.
The proceedings assumed the shape of a general conversation, quite informal, and
therefore not to be recorded. The nett outcome was the unanimous expression of an
opinion that the time, long contemplated by very many persons throughout the nation,
had now come when the Constitution and machinery of the State should be changed; that
the present form of ruling by an Irregular Council was not sufficient, and that a method
more in accord with the spirit of the times should be adopted. To this end Constitutional
Monarchy, such as that holding in Great Britain, seemed best adapted. Finally, it was
decided that each Member of the Council should make a personal canvass of his district,
talk over the matter with his electors, and bring back to another meeting--or, rather, as it
was amended, to this meeting postponed for a week, until September 2nd--the opinions
and wishes received. Before separating, the individual to be appointed King, in case the
new idea should prove grateful to the nation, was discussed. The consensus of opinion
was entirely to the effect that the Voivode Peter Vissarion should, if he would accept the
high office, be appointed. It was urged that, as his daughter, the Voivodin Teuta, was now
married to the Englishman, Rupert Sent Leger- -called generally by the mountaineers "the
Gospodar Rupert"--a successor to follow the Voivode when God should call him would
be at hand--a successor worthy in every way to succeed to so illustrious a post. It was
urged by several speakers, with general acquiescence, that already Mr. Sent Leger's
services to the State were such that he would be in himself a worthy person to begin the
new Dynasty; but that, as he was now allied to the Voivode Peter Vissarion, it was
becoming that the elder, born of the nation, should receive the first honour.
THE SAME--Continued.
The adjourned meeting of certain members of the National Council was resumed in the
Hall of the State House at Plazac on Monday, September 2nd, 1907. By motion the same
chairman was appointed, and the rule regarding the record renewed.
Reports were made by the various members of the Council in turn, according to the State
Roll. Every district was represented. The reports were unanimously in favour of the New
Constitution, and it was reported by each and all of the Councillors that the utmost
enthusiasm marked in every case the suggestion of the Voivode Peter Vissarion as the
first King to be crowned under the new Constitution, and that remainder should be settled