It's somewhat interesting to see the reports by British journalists from these times, although it cannot be a reliable source for the numbers of victims, but maybe gives us a correct order of magnitude. According to Encyclopædia Britannica Eleventh Edition, 5,000 persons were massacred in Batak alone. The number of victims in the district of Philippopolis (Plovdiv) reached 15,000. According to Eugene Schuyler's report, published in Daily News, at least 15,000 persons were killed during the April Uprising, and 36 villages in three districts were buried.
Here is how Mr. Shuyler described some of the things he saw:
"...On every side were human bones, skulls, ribs, and even complete skeletons,heads of girls still adorned with braids of long hair, bones of children, skeletons still encased in clothing. Here was a house the floor of which was white with the ashes and charred bones of thirty persons burned alive there. Here was the spot where the village notable Trandafil was spitted on a pike and then roasted, and where he is now buried; there was a foul hole full of decomposing bodies; here a mill dam filled with swollen corpses; here the school house, where 200 women and children had taken refuge there were burned alive, and here the church and churchyard, where fully a thousand half-decayed forms were still to be seen, filling the enclosure in a heap several feet high, arms, feet, and heads protruding from the stones which had vainly been thrown there to hide them, and poisoning all the air.
"Since my visit, by orders of the Mutessarif, the Kaimakam of Tatar Bazardjik was sent to Batak, with some lime to aid in the decomposition of the bodies, and to preveent a pestilence.
"Ahmed Aga, who commanded at the massare, has been decorated and promoted to the rank of Yuz-bashi..."
Another witness to the results of the Massacre is American journalist Januarius MacGahan who describes what he saw as follows:
"...We looked into the church which had been blackened by the burning of the woodwork, but not destroyed, nor even much injured. It was a low building with a low roof, supported by heavy irregular arches, that as we looked in seemed scarcely high enough for a tall man to stand under. What we saw there was too frightful for more than a hasty glance. An immense number of bodies had been partially burnt there and the charred and blackened remains seemed to fill it half way up to the low dark arches and make them lower and darker still, were lying in a state of putrefaction too frightful to look upon. It had never imagined anything so horrible. We all turned awaysick and faint, and staggered out of the fearful pest house glad to get into the street again. We waled about the place and saw the same thing repeated over and over a hundred times. Skeletons of men with the clothing and flesh still hanging to and rotting together; skulls of women, with thehair dragging in the dust. bones of children and infants everywhere. Here they show us a house where twenty people were burned alive; there another where a dozen girls had taken refuge, and been slaughtered to the last one, as their bones amply testified. Everywhere horrors upon horrors..."
The British commissioner, Mr. Baring, in his report, describes the event "as perhaps the most heinous crime that has stained the history of the present century". In October Mr. Baring had to report again on the proceedings of the Turkish commission. Six weeks had elapsed since it left Constantinople, at "it was a surprising fact that it had no yet decided whether the Batak Massacre was a crime or not..