Mr. Pratt to Mr. Blaine.
Teheran , May 26, 1890. (Received July 2.)
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.
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