Mr. Terrell to Mr. Olney.
Constantinople, October 10, 1896. (Received Oct. 22.)
Sir: I have the honor to append on the overleaf for your information the copy of an Imperial iradé which prohibits from hereafter residing in Turkey any Armenian who has emigrated in the last twenty years. Two months only are allowed to those Armenian subjects who are temporarily absent to return. Those who return with foreign passports will not be recognized as foreign subjects and will not be permitted to remain. Those who desire to leave must bind themselves with a responsible surety that they will not return.
The requirement of security is likely to interpose a new difficulty in getting the wives of our naturalized Armenians away, even if consent to leave is given, for their poverty-stricken friends can not furnish the security.
I have, etc.,