The foreign dynasty, which the wisdom of the European Powers
set up in Greece, is hard put to it to maintain an ascendancy. The Xiephti dispute every inch of ground with it. The state of affairs revealed in the course of criminal trials resembles that of England in the days of Sherwood outlaws and tyrant barons. There are brigands alternately in the service of the state and plundering on their own behoof ; priests conniving at robbery and sheltering out- laws ; and a church refusing to submit to secular jurisdiction. The Greek Government is cowed by its Robin Hoods and Friar Tucks.