Mr. Terrell to Mr. Olney.

No. 1021.]

Sir: I have the honor to inclose for your information the copy of a dispatch from Consular Agent Poche at Aleppo, dated September 25, which shows the appeal of the imprisoned revolutionists at that place for aid.

The Grand Vizier telegraphed on my application to alleviate the condition of the three sick prisoners, if necessary, by their removal from prison. This was on the 3d instant.

The dispatch of Mr. Poche also shows the prompt action of the local officials when another massacre was apprehended. Commendable efforts have been generally made by the valis in the provinces to pre serve order and promote security.

I have, etc.,

A. W. Terrell.
[Inclosure in No. 1021.]

Translation of a dispatch, No. 47, from Consular Agent Poche, dated Aleppo, September 25, 1895, to Mr. Terrell.

Mr. Minister: Acting upon the contents of a letter received yesterday evening from the nine naturalized citizens imprisoned here, I believed it to be my duty to telegraph to-day to your excellency in these terms:

Legation of the United States, Constantinople:

The naturalized citizens imprisoned here inform me that three of their number are ill, one gravely so. They implore succor and assistance for their release.

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I have now the honor to inclose to you the original of this letter in the Turkish language. Your excellency will know the sad condition in which these unfortunates now find themselves. Having sold successively the least objects which they possessed to defray their expenses for food alone, they are reduced to-day to the last extremity, and demand pecuniary aid for clothes and bedding in view of the approaching cold season, if, indeed, their sojourn in prison is to be yet further prolonged.

I take this occasion to report also to your excellency that on the 28th and 29th ultimo there was a great panic at Aintab. For a time one feared new massacres, but happily upon the severe orders of the vali of Aleppo the authorities there repressed the hostile movement and confidence has returned among the citizens of that city.

One writes also from Diarbekir that the same fears have been experienced in that city, all of this following upon the news which had been received of the events which had taken place at the capital.

Accept, Mr. Minister, etc.,

Albert Poche.