Mr. Wallace to Mr. Frelinghuysen.
Constantinople, January 13, 1885. (Received January 31.)
Sir: I have the honor to inclose for your consideration a copy of a communication received yesterday from the Sublime Porte relative to the affair of Messrs. Knapp and Reynolds.
It follows the proceeding in the case of Dr. Pflaum by saying that irregularities having been committed by the judge of the examining court and the deputy of the imperial prosecuting attorney, they (the judge and the deputy) have been “put under judgment.”
In the first place we are not informed of the irregularities discovered. In the next place we are not told what the judgment is under which the two officials have been put. Nevertheless, the President is expected to be satisfied with what is here doled out to us and forego further demands. Such is evidently the purpose of the communication.
Mr. Knapp is now in America when here he was taken by the interpreter of the legation before the minister of justice, and in answer to a question put by that official said, “They brought four or five men to me, and I was asked if any of them were my assailants; I pointed at one of them and answered, ‘Yes, that is the man.’” The individual thus clearly identified was Moussa Bey, who I am informed is to be seen every day going about in perfect freedom.
I respectfully advance the same opinion in this matter as in the case of Dr. Pflaum.
Very respectfully, &c.,