Mr. Pratt to Mr. Blaine.
Teheran , June 12, 1890. (Received July 19.)
Sir: I have the honor to submit for your consideration the accompanying copies of the correspondence (inclosures Nos. 1, 2, 3, and 4) that has passed between Consul-General Stewart and myself relative [Page 667] to the Salmas murder case since my dispatch No. 460 of the 4th instant.
It is to Colonel Stewart’s statement regarding the present lawless attitude of the Armenians inhabiting the Perso-Turkish frontier provinces and the alleged confession of Minas, the murderer of Mrs. Wright, of his previous intention to assassinate both that lady and her husband—which last was indirectly reported to me as having been confided by the said Minas to his supposed mistress, Asli, who divulged it after his arrest—that I would call your special attention.
In view of the facts, I think you will approve my course in insisting that the said criminal be tried and punished in accordance with his crime at Tabreez, the capital of the province in which the deed was committed, and in recommending that the woman Asli be also subpœnaed and made to testify on the occasion.
I do not anticipate that this incident will give rise to trouble, but, should it do so, and lead to any threatening demonstration on the part of the Armenian or Nestorian population of Azerbaijan against the American residents there, it is my intention to proceed myself to Tabreez, in order to see to the proper protection of our citizens in the above province.
I have, etc.,