Mr. Terrell to Mr. Gresham.

No. 139.]

Sir: I have the honor to inclose the memorandum of a conversation with his highness the grand vizier, yesterday, the 16th, regarding the progress of the investigation of the outrage on Miss Melton. I have attempted to keep you advised of the progress of this investigation on account of the great interest felt in it by religious people in the United States.

I have, etc.,

A. W. Terrell.
[Inclosure in No. 139.]

Memorandum of a conversation with Djevad Pasha, grand vizier, on the 16th December, 1893.

On the 16th instant I visited the grand vizier, and, * * * I said: “I came chiefly to tell you that I am delighted over a telegram just received from Mr. McDowell at Mosul. He says, ‘Your new governor is doing well.’” He answered, “I also have received a long telegram from the vali; he is a true man. He informs me that he has arrested two of the three men who assaulted that woman, and has the evidence that will convict them. The object was robbery. The third party is known, and he is being pursued and will be taken.”

To this I responded: “This evidence of your energy in securing the punishment of those miscreants will be greatly appreciated by my Government. No money indemnity could repair the wrong done to that defenseless woman; none is asked, none is wanted, if punishment is inflicted.”

He then signaled his secretary, and directed him to bring the telegram to Gargiulo, whose interpretation of the telegram fully sustained his statement.

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A. W. Terrell.