to Mr. Blaine.
Constantinople, May 5, 1881. (Received May 23.)
Sir: I have just received a communication from the Rev. J. E. Pierce, an American missionary residing at Baghchejik, a village near Ismid, the residence also of the late Rev. Mr. Parsons, who was assassinated in its vicinity in July last.
This letter, copy of which is inclosed, gives the details of his robbery by a band of Circassian brigands who infest the country and render the highways so insecure as to stop all travel except in large and well-armed parties.
I have addressed a note on the subject to his excellency, the minister for foreign affairs, of which I inclose a copy, and shall call on him on Monday next, the 9th instant, the first day on which he can be seen, and urge on him to have prompt and energetic measures taken for the security of life and property in the provinces.
The murderers of Mr. Parsons were, after some delay, duly tried, convicted, and sentenced. Two, I am informed, died in prison, but the third and principal convict, who was condemned to death, still awaits the execution of his sentence, which there appears no present probability of being carried out.
Had these sentences been promptly executed, the lesson would probably have prevented much crime in those lawless districts.
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I am, &c.,