Mr. Pratt to Mr. Blaine.
Teheran, June 8, 1889. (Received July 15.)
Sir: I have the honor to report that I have received from Oroomiah, near western Persian frontier, under date of the 25th ultimo, a letter complaining of an assault committed at Gundekta, Tkhoma, Turkish Kurdistan, upon the person of one E. W. McDowell and one John G. Wishard, represented as American citizens peacefully traveling through that region.
Whilst referring the case to the Department in the copy of said communication attached, I have thought it advisable, since the locality mentioned as the scene of the alleged outrage is contiguous, apparently, to Persian territory, to bring the facts to the attention of the Turkish ambassador at Teheran in a note, a copy of which is also respectfully submitted herewith for your consideration.
This course, which I trust will meet with your approval, I adopted in order to afford the official representatives of the Porte an opportunity to investigate the affair of their own accord and properly punish the [Page 646]guilty parties, thereby relieving our Government of the possible necessity of having to resort to the unpleasant expedient of a demand for redress at Constantinople.
I have, etc.,