Mr. Vidal to Mr. Hunter.
Tripoli of Barbary, January 6, 1873. (Rec’d March 24.)
Sir: I have the honor to send you herewith inclosed, marked No. 1, A, (with its translation in English, B,) an article from the Italian newspaper, the Malta Couriere Mercantile, in regard to the slave traffic from Tripoli to Constantinople.
It is unnecessary for me to observe that the article from which ever pen it may proceed, is intended as a blind, acknowledging, as it does, the traffic when it cannot be concealed any longer, but giving a praiseworthy part to the Constantinople police. It may be that it suited the Turkish strategy of the rulers of Constantinople to free the ten slaves alluded to in that article and arrest their owners; but it is not the less true that the slave traffic in Constantinople is carried on by high and low people; that there are this day, perhaps, fifty thousand slaves or more in that capital, and that a thousand of these were brought from Tripoli to the full knowledge of the British consul, the Turkish authorities of the place, and with their own connivance.
I am, &c.,