Mr. McDonald to Mr. Olney.
Teheran, Persia, January 8, 1896. (Received Feb. 15.)
Sir: I have the honor to forward as an inclosure a copy of another letter from ——— ———, of ———. It will be seen that he reports continued turbulence and outrage across the Turkish border, and some even on the Persian side. He says: “The Persian along our border are talking very loudly and threatening the Christians with despoliation and destruction.” He adds: “We are not and have not been in any danger that I know of. The only thing is that if next spring the Turkish troubles are not quieted we shall look for great disturbances here.”
In this connection I have the honor to report that since my last communication I have had an interview with the Sadr Azem. I represented to him in strong terms the exposed condition of my countrymen in that quarter of Persia; stated my anxiety concerning them, and that my Government would surely expect His Majesty’s Government to be prepared to afford them ample protection. His highness responded very cordially to my communication, saying that he was giving the subject constant thought and attention; that he was in daily telegraphic communication with the authorities of the Azerbaijan Province; that he had dispatched a regiment of soldiers to Khoi, and that he believed the Government was prepared for any emergency that might arise in that province, but requested me to give him the benefit of any information which I might receive. His highness added that the Kurds were most troublesome and undesirable neighbors as well as subjects, being nothing better than robbers and murderers, and that the Sultan was much to be blamed for allowing them to have arms.
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