Mr. Pratt to Mr. Blaine.
Teheran , August 8, 1890. (Received September 15.)
Sir: I have the honor to report that, having advised Consul General Stewart, at Tabreez, of the facts communicated in my report No. 479 of the 26th ultimo, I have just received, in response from the consul-general, a dispatch and letter, with inclosures, the copies of which are herewith respectfully submitted for your consideration.
Since neither the alleged attempt to assault or intimidate Mr. Wright, nor the controversy about the house at Khoi in which Mr. Mechlin is involved, present any difficulties not apparently susceptible of solution here, I shall not stop to discuss these questions at present, but will pass at once to the case of Minas, the murderer of Mrs. Wright.
What Colonel Stewart says about the evil consequences to be apprehended if Minas is not sentenced to death for his barbarous crime fully coincides, you will observe, with the views that I have already expressed on this subject.
I question, however, the propriety of acting upon the suggestion advanced by the colonel in his private letter, to get Sir Henry Drummond Wolff, Her Britannic Majesty’s minister at this court, to join me in a protest against the said criminal’s nonexecution.
That the British minister would readily accede to such a request on my part I have little doubt.
Still, from long and careful study of the situation, I am forced to conclude that when the representative of a disinterested power here applies to the envoy of one of the powers directly concerned in Persia’s politics to officially support in forcing any particular measure upon the Shah’s Government, he incurs the risk of placing himself in the very embarrassing position of being called upon to reciprocate on some future occasion in a manner which may not accord with the policy of neutrality his own Government would desire him to pursue.
Hence, though there would seem to be no objection to asking Sir Henry Drummond Wolff’s informal and friendly intercession in the present instance, if the case is one which in your opinion warrants an appeal for the joint official action, it would appear to me best that I should seek the cooperation not only of Sir Drummond, but also of the French minister, and, if circumstance made it desirable, of the minister of Russia as well.
At the same time, if you direct me to make a formal demand in the name of the Government of the United States for this criminal’s execution, it is my belief that the said demand will be complied with.[Page 686]
I am now only awaiting your instructions in this matter, which, whatever they are, you may rest assured I shall faithfully obey.
The removal of the prisoner from Tabreez to Teheran for safe keeping I have already asked for.
I have, etc.,