Mr. Terrell to Mr. Gresham.

No. 182.]

Sir: I inclose copy of letter from Rev. Mr. McDowell at Mosul, dated January 29, 1894.

I have about exhausted my resources in forwarding the prosecution of Miss Melton’s assailants. Much telegraphing was necessary to let the Porte know that our Government expected the criminals to be punished. I send on the overleaf a copy of one just sent.

I have, etc.,

A. W. Terrell.
[Inclosure 1 in No. 182—Telegram.]

Mr. Terrell to Mr. McDowell.

The vali admits the guilt of Abdulaziz Aha and of Mustafa Effendi has been established. If they are not punished in ten days telegraph me. Be prudent, and still have faith in the justice of the grand vizier.

[Inclosure 2 in No. 182.]

Mr. McDowell to Mr. Terrell.

Dear Sir: On the 13th instant (Saturday evening) I received your telegram: “Has any one been punished for beating Miss Melton? Answer immediately.”

On Monday morning I sent the telegram to the vali, asking him what answer I should send you. He called the prosecuting attorney and asked him what was being done. His answer was, the two men, Abdulaziz Agha and Mnstafa Effendi, were in prison, their guilt having been established; two others, Mustafa Etfendi and Sadullah, were still under bail for further investigation; four others, three Kurds and a Syrian, had just been brought from Amadia and were being examined, but as these last were incriminating others (the two under bail and others in Amadia), they were waiting to secure these parties, also the two Havinka men, who had fled. The vali censured the prosecuting attorney for delaying the matter, and sent the above to me as his answer.

As no one had yet been sentenced, I sent you a telegram Monday, the 15th: “No one has been punished yet.”

Abdullah Pasha, with other strong men, were sent to Amadia to sift the matter to the bottom and (by the vali’s word to me) to bring all found guilty. He spent considerable time there, and brought back a [Page 692] report which both he and the vali said disclosed the whole matter. The names of the parties who went to the tent and those who planned the affair were given, most of whom were in prison. The only two at large were the men of Havinka, who were in Abdullah Pasha’s hands while he was in Amadia. He was under orders to bring all parties implicated (so the vali told me), but these two men were left, who improved the opportunity and fled out of reach. As I wrote you, only two of the men reported by Abdullah Pasha were retained in prison; the others were released. Judgment on these two, whom the Government acknowledge are guilty, was stayed “until the two Havinka should be arrested.”

After several weeks’ further delay three Kurds and a Syrian were brought in, but not the Havinka men. These last four may be guilty and may not be; I do not know. One of them is a servant of Abdulaziz, and was the one who seized the gate of the city after the arrest of the Amadians, with the purpose of securing their release. He has also been under arrest twice in Amadia on this business before the arrest of the chief men, and both times was released by the Government arbitrarily. You can judge for yourself what the Government intends to do.

There is this encouragement—that those in prison are now beginning to implicate each other. Possibly positive testimony may thus be secured against the chief men in the affair.

I am hoping daily now to hear that peremptory orders have come for the immediate punishment of the two whose guilt the vizier accepts and a limit set for the punishment of the others reported by Abdullah Pasha as guilty.

Very respectfully, yours,

E. McDowell,