Mr. Terrell to Mr. Olney.
Constantinople, September 6, 1895. (Received Sept. 20.)
Sir: I have the honor to inclose a copy of my telegram of this date regarding the arrest of one Mardiros Mooradian, a native of Asia Minor, who bears an American passport.
In his possession were 41 letters and paper writings in various handwritings and in the Armenian language, two six-shooters, and a certificate of naturalization for another Armenian. Some of the written papers bear the red seal of the Armenian Revolutionary Society.
Unless instructed to the contrary, I can not regard the fact that this man belonged to a revolutionary society outside of Turkey organized to promote a revolution here as an offense which I can either punish or permit to be punished. He is restrained of his freedom by the minister of police, but on my demand is kept out of prison until I see whether the papers to be translated will subject him to Turkish jurisdiction for aiding, on Turkish soil, in attacks against the Turkish Government.
I have, etc.,