Mr. McDonald to Mr. Olney.
Teheran, Persia, April 20, 1896. (Received May 28.)
Sir: I have the honor to transmit herewith two letters from an American missionary at ———, on the border of Turkey, giving report of horrible massacre of Armenians at Van, and depicting the dangerous and exposed situation of the Christians on the plains of Salmos and Khoi from murderous raids by the Kurds and Moslems of the border. I have sent translations to the Sadr Azem; and in a personal interview with him recently on the subject he expressed the most determined purpose to protect the Christians of that section, and said that a regiment had been ordered to Khoi. But I have reason to fear that this latter has not been done. I also sent copies of the second letter to the British and Russian ministers, they having subjects in the exposed districts, and received cordial acknowledgments and promises of cooperation.
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