Mr. Hirsch to Mr. Blaine.
Constantinople , June 4, 1890. (Received June 20.)
Sir: I have the honor to inclose herewith a copy of a note of the Sublime Porte in reply to my No. 27 of March 1, 1890, in the matter of the illegal arrest of Moses Angel and Shalom Kanstoroom. It will be seen that the Turkish version of the affair is in direct contradiction of that of Consul Gillman. I have lately had two interviews with His Highness, the Grand Vizier on the subject, but, in view of the wide difference in the two statements, have not been able to arrive at any result.
In order to ascertain, however, if possible, the facts as they transpired, a suggestion for another attempt to arrive at the truth was accepted by both the Grand Vizier and myself, and in harmony with it I have requested Consul-General Sweeney to instruct Consul Gillman to meet the governor of Jerusalem, and the two in an amicable spirit proceed jointly to investigate the case and report the findings, so as to enable the two Governments to settle the matter satisfactory to both. The governor of Jerusalem has received similar instructions from his Government, and I hope that our joint effort to ascertain the real facts may prove successful.[Page 767]
I inclose a copy of my dispatch to the consul-general and hope that my action will meet with your approval.
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