Mr. Tyler to Mr. Olney.
Teheran, Persia, June 18, 1896. (Received July 23.)
Sir: I beg most respectfully to transmit herewith inclosed copies of two letters which I have received from missionaries stationed at ——— and ———, each giving an account of the state and prospects of the place where he is located. In ——— and ——— the normal condition of affairs seems to be preserved, but in ——— Mr. ——— appears to have cause for apprehension, especially from incursions of the Kurds.
In view of the unsettled and threatening attitude of the Kurds, [Page 474]reported in Mr. ———’s letter, I immediately on receipt of the same made a translation of it and sent it to the Sadr Azem, with a request that he would forthwith take the necessary measures for the protection and preservation of the lives and property of American citizens located in that region. I hope that he will also take a merciful view of the case of the refugee Armenians. As there are at the present time several Kurdish chiefs in the retinue of the Shah, the Government has the means of curbing, if not altogether preventing, the cruel and vindictive proceedings of these lawless tribes. I have not thought it necessary to plead the cause of these Armenians, except in this indirect way, inasmuch as, though it is not generally known, the native Christians in Oroomiah and the border regions have a civil governor or headman, appointed by the Government, whose duty it is to watch over and protect their private and public interests, and if he fails in his functions can be called to account.
I have, etc.,
Vice-Consul-General in Charge.