Mr. McDonald to Mr. Olney.
Teheran, Persia, January 23, 1896. (Received Feb. 28.)
Sir: Herewith I forward copies of telegrams received at this legation from Dr. Cochran and Mr. Howard at Oroomiah, requesting a guard to bring the American missionaries from Van, Turkey. Of course I could furnish no guard beyond the border. Neither could the Persian Government. It would have been simply invasion. Therefore I sent the answer inclosed.
It may be proper to add that I was informed by the Persian officials that these refugees would be under armed protection from the time they crossed the border.
I have, etc.,