Mr. Pratt to Mr. Blaine.

No. 457.]

Sir: In continuation of my dispatch No. 456 of the 24th instant, concerning the stabbing of Mrs. Wright, at Salmas, I have the honor to report that the same night I received a telegram from His Excellency the Emir Nizam, governor of the province of Azerbaijan, to His Highness the Eminé Soultan, prime minister, from which, as you will note by the inclosed translation, it appears that the criminal in this affair has been arrested in Turkish territory, where he had taken refuge, and that he is now safely imprisoned in Salmas.

This morning I was handed a telegram from Colonel Stewart, the English consul-general at Tabreez, to Sir Henry Drummond Wolff, the British minister here, briefly confirming the above, a copy of which is also inclosed herewith.

In the same connection I beg to submit the accompanying copy of a letter to Miss Holliday (missionary at Tabreez) from Miss Van Duzse (missionary at Salmas), which the Rev. J. L. Potter, of this city, has just laid before me.

Improper intimacy seems to have been the remote, and revenge the Immediate, incentive to this crime. Thanks to Heaven, the unfortunate victim, whose life was at first despaired of, has thus far so rallied from the effects of the murderous assault made upon her that she is now believed to be out of danger.

I have, etc.,

E. Spencer Pratt.
[Inclosure 1 in No. 457.]

Emir Nizam to Eminé Soultan.

The (would-be) assassin of the wife of Mr. Wright, an American citizen, was a certain Minas, one of the leaders of the Armenian faith at Salmas. After wounding the lady he fled into Turkish territory. I sent a special envoy and wrote to our own deputy at Bârh Kalēh that he should search for him and send him back. The aforementioned deputy, having taken the necessary steps, sent the prisoner back under guard, and now he is in prison in Salmas, and, after investigation, an arrangement satisfactory to Mr. and Mrs. Wright will be effected.

Emir Nizam.
[Inclosure 2 in No. 457].

Colonel Stewart to Sir H. D. Wolff.

The Armenian who wounded Mrs. Wright has been seized and imprisoned by the governor of Salmas. The lady is a little better.

[Inclosure 3 in No. 457.]

Miss Van Duzse to Miss Holliday.

Dear Miss Holliday: As I have still a little time, I want to tell you about Mrs. Wright.

Minas, a school-teacher from Ooroomeeyah, half Armenian, tried to kill her, and Wednesday night, the first after the affair, we thought she would die.

He has been teaching in Oola and stayed at first in their yard, in a lower room, but he and their woman were together too much, and the Wrights sent him to stay in the [Page 661] schoolroom, where Tartan, your Armenian teacher, stayed. He still insisted on being with her a great deal. Finally, Mrs. Wright found, one night at 11 o’clock, after they were all in bed, that she was not with the baby in the sitting room, where she slept, and on hunting she came from the yard, and Mrs. W. soon saw him pass under the window to go home. She spoke to him.

The next afternoon the gentlemen turned him off, and when Mr. Wright went into another room to get his half-mouth’s pay he was left alone in the room with Mrs. W. and her brother’s wife. They are here visiting. He drew a dagger from his sleeve and tried to cut her throat, and made a cut just the under side of the chin, another one on one side of the jaw, and a cut or stab about 3 inches long on her left shoulder (this was 2 inches or more deep), also a stab nearly 10 inches long on the left shoulder behind, which seems to have pierced the lung, for she raises a trifle of blood. Also, her right hand has two large cuts.

Mr. Mechlin sewed up the wounds, and she had the best care we could give her till, just 2 days after the accident, the doctor (Dr. Samuels) came. That was yesterday afternoon. She is, or seems to be, doing well, and we hope there is now no danger. Minas is only about 20 years old, a gentle, nice-appearing follow. Helms fled. The consul’s coming is timely, for the governor does not seem disposed to do much.

Yours, etc.,

A. D. Van Duzse.