Mr. Hirsch to Mr. Blaine.
Constantinople, March 18, 1891. (Received April 6.)
Sir: I have the honor to inclose herewith a letter from Rev. H. O. Dwight, in which he informs me that a school under the charge of the American missionaries at Agantz, in the district of Yan, which has been in existence for some seventeen years, and which, after being closed by the authorities a few years ago, was, through the efforts of this legation, reopened about one and one-half years ago, since when it has again been in successful operation, was last month again closed by the arbitrary order of the local authorities.
The vizirial letter of Ramazan 16,1306 (May 16, 1889), expressly provides: “And if there is a reason which demands the closing of schools which have been opened of old, the matter will be reported to the ministry of public instruction and the necessary steps will be taken in accordance with the answer which is received.”
The evident conflict of the arbitrary proceedings of the local authorities in closing this school without first having reported to the ministry at Constantinople, with the extract from the vizirial letter just quoted, having been brought to the notice of his excellency the minister of public instruction, he immediately ordered by telegraph the reopening of the school and instructed the reasons for its closing, if any exist, to be forwarded to him here.
As soon as additional information is received the Department will be duly informed.
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