to Mr. Blaine.
Constantinople, May 17, 1881. (Received June 4.)
Sir: The Rev. Mr. Pierce, of Baghchejik, has informed me that some Circassians, suspected of forming part of the band that robbed him on the 30th ultimo, have been arrested and are held in confinement. I had the honor to inform the Department of this robbery on the 5th instant, by my dispatch No. 6, and transmitted at the same time a copy of a correspondence on the subject. I now beg to inclose copies of a communication from the minister for foreign affairs, received on the 15th instant, of a letter from Mr. Pierce, dated the 13th instant, and received yesterday, and of a note to his excellency Assim Pacha, dated yesterday, all relating to this subject.
It may be necessary to send the deputy marshal, accompanied by the dragoman of the consulate-general, to Ismid, to attend the preliminary examination of the the Circassians, and to see that the evidence of Mr. Pierce and his companions is received. The presence of the latter may also be required here as witnesses at the trial.
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I am, &c.,