Doug is still in Albania. "I am still in Albania!" he says. And so, a further anecdote from Pietro Quaroni on the Code of Lek, before the comparative stuff:
One of the chivalrous rules of the vendetta enacted that it could not be prosecuted against anyone accompanied by a woman, a child, or a foreigner. Thus, if a man who knew he was the object of a vendetta -- who was, as they said, 'in blood' -- allowed himself to be accompanied by one of these three persons he was regarded as a coward, disqualified, and shunned by the entire community. This sometimes led to strange situations. One evening our Legation doctor, Zucchi, was summoned for an urgent operation. A public-spirited man, he would undertake any journey, however distant, by night, in winter, in the depths of the mountains, to tend the sick. On the return journey, the young man who had summoned him suddenly began shrieking at the top of his voice: 'I'm with the Italian doctor! I'm with the Italian doctor! And my mother is ill'. 'Why do you shout like that?' said Zucchi. 'We're crossing the territory of a family with whom we are "in blood". I'm warning them not to attack you by mistake. And also, so they won't think I'm a coward.'
A 'mistake' was the only danger for foreigners, who were considered as outisde the rules of the vendetta, under a kinds of collective guarantee from the whole people. Two unfortunate Americans disembarked at Durazzo [Durrs -- CY], to cross Albania by car and pick up the boat again at San Giovanni di Medua [Shngjin -- CY]. They were unlucky enough to drive a few minutes ahead of Zog (then President of the Republic) [and that's a bizarre story in itself -- CY] in his car, and were mistaken for him by a family lying in wait. They were killed in one of the many vendettas which then revolved around the person of Ahmed Bey Zogolli. This incident was described to us many times, with much detail, by the Montenegrin chauffeur of the two unfortunate Americans. He was called Luca Barba, and whenever he passed the place of the crime, he started his account with the words, 'Look, the place where they cut me down...' In general, as I say, foreigners were considered as ineligible for vendettas.