Mr. Uhl to Mr. Terrell.

No. 110.]

Sir: I have received your No. 124, of the 6th instant, in regard to the case of Miss Melton. You say that so far no evidence sufficient to convict her assailants, who are under arrest, has been adduced. Your intimation that the new governor seems, upon information received by you, desirous of doing his duty gives the Department hope, coupled with your interest in securing due punishment for her assailants, that they may yet be convicted and punished. The Department realizes fully the difficulties under which the prosecution labors, but this Government has every just expectation that the Ottoman authorities will perform their whole duty in this matter. * * *

Until the results of the trial be made known, the question of au indemnity must be held in abeyance.

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You will put forth your best efforts in Miss Melton’s behalf, and by beeping the Department amply advised of the progress of the case will enable it to determine what further steps should be taken, if any.

I am, etc.,

Edwin F. Uhl,
Acting Secretary.