Mr. Terrell to Mr. Olney.
Constantinople , September 9, 1895 . (Received Sept. 26.)
Sir: I have the honor to inform you that on Saturday, the 7th instant, I presented to the foreign minister in person the original of [Page 1302] the inclosed note relating to the imprisonment of Mardiros K. Mooradian, the naturalized American citizen of Armenian origin about whose imprisonment I wired you on the 7th instant.
The imprisonment of this class of citizens on mere suspicion has become so frequent and protracted, and is in such plain violation of my agreement regarding them, that a firm and emphatic protest was a necessity. The release of Mooradian was demanded at once, but in view of what was known to be the minister’s want of power to act without instructions, I agreed to wait until to-day for a final answer.
The foreign minister informed me this morning that he had instructed the minister of police to surrender Mooradian on condition that I would see executed the order requiring his immediate departure from Turkish soil, and would not permit him to go at large while here. He has been surrendered to me, and I have sent him with my cavass to a steamer which leaves this afternoon for Athens.
Extracts from various letters found in Mooradian’s possession are inclosed, three of which are in red ink with the red seal of the Revolutionary Society attached. They leave no doubt of his character as a member of a revolutionary society—a fact which he virtually admitted in stating to me that he came to this city under orders which he was compelled to obey.
I inclose copy of my telegram sent on his release.
I have, etc.,