No. 637.

Mr. Frelinghuysen to Mr. Wallace.

No. 257.]

Sir: I have received your No. 460, of the 8th instant, wherein you report that the Sublime Porte now admits the discovery of certain irregularities in the treatment of the case of Dr. Maurice Pflaum and that the removal of two officials and the reprimand of another have been made in consequence thereof. It would seem fitting, in the Department’s judgment, that this admission of irregular treatment of the case [Page 832] should be followed up by an immediate offer on the part of the Government of the Porle to make due reparation to a wronged American citizen. But if such offer be not made within a reasonable time, you are instructed to renew your demand for the payment of a suitable money indemnity. If this step becomes necessary, you will press it with all consistent force and effectiveness.

In this connection I herewith transmit a copy of a letter from Mr. Magnus Pflaum, of Pittsburgh, dated the 8th instant, in regard to hi brothers case. I have given to Mr. Bayne, of the House of Representatives, who referred the letter hither, the present status of Dr. Pflaum’s case.

I am, &c.,

[Inclosure in No. 257.]

Mr. Pflaum to Mr. Bayne.

Dear Sir: I dislike to impose upon your good nature as well as your time, yet once in awhile I really cannot help myself. My present request is one of an unusual nature, in which I am compelled to urge your assistance.

My brother, Dr. Maurice Pflaum, from whom we have heard but little, got himself in trouble with some Turkish official somewhere near Smyrna, Asia Minor, was imprisoned, and grossly maltreated, for which a claim was filed at Constantinople by General Lew. Wallace, our ambassador to the Porte.

From what I can learn, this matter is now pending nearly a year, and must be on file in the State Department at Washington; our consul at Smyrna informed me that my brother suffered both mentally and physically through the barbarous treatment, and is but a wreck of his former self.

I also heard that his practice is destroyed and that he is really in needy circumstances.

He being an American, citizen our Government should certainly take some active and speedy steps towards obtaining justice for him.

Can you oblige me by, doing something to have this matter attended to? At all events, let me know the status of the case.

An early answer will place me under special obligations to you.

Yours, &c.,