Mr. Riddle to Mr. Olney.
Constantinople, April 13, 1896. (Received Apr. 28.)
Sir: I have the honor to inclose herewith a copy of my telegram of the 5th instant transmitting the first news received at this legation of Knapp’s enforced departure from Bitlis a week before. I also inclose [Page 904]a copy of your reply, received on the 7th instant, containing your instructions, which were presented on the same day by my note to the foreign minister, No. 121. A verification of Mr. Terrell’s cipher telegram received on the 9th instant is also forwarded.
A translation of the foreign minister’s note of the 9th instant, copy of my telegram to you sent on the 10th, and a copy of your reply received on the 12th are also inclosed in this dispatch.
As I have already transmitted all the information I have been able to gather concerning Knapp in my telegrams to the Department, I have little to add, and shall probably be unable to make a full report as to the manner of his departure and treatment received on his journey until I can hear directly from him. I may observe, however, that the missionaries here, who have been exceedingly anxious about Knapp, express satisfaction at the present condition of his case, and seem especially relieved to know that he is to be delivered up to an official of the United States Government as soon as he reaches the coast instead of being returned by the Turks to Bitlis.
I have, etc.,