Mr. Tyler to Mr. Hay.
Teheran, July 23, 1904.
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My letter of the 13th instant to the minister for foreign affairs was being written when your dispatch of the 20th of June opportunely arrived, and I took advantage of the occasion to send a translation of its contents, and make it the foundation for strong and explicit representations. This communication was evidently shown to the Shah, and brought about the note of the prime minister to the minister for foreign affairs; and also, by instructions of the latter, a visit from one of the principal secretaries of the foreign office, notwithstanding the dread of the cholera, which prevails.
This gentleman told me that he had been sent with instructions to talk over the question of the arrest of the accomplices, and to ask in regard to charges that had been made against Kurds, whether it would not be possible to obtain from Urumia the specific proofs on which the accusations were made, so as to avoid difficulties and disturbances which might arise on the arrest of the wrong men.
I reminded him that we had, ever since the perpetration of the crime, furnished the foreign office with all the particulars on which representations had been made and action demanded; and that so far, although with many obstructions, we had maintained and confirmed the position we had originally assumed. I affirmed and reaffirmed that the Government of the United States asked only for justice, but that it would not withdraw its hand until justice was vindicated.
I reminded him that in foreign countries it was usual to offer a reward for information that would lead to the arrest and punishment of such criminals, and but for the intervention of the cholera I should have spoken to the foreign minister on the subject, and I hoped that he would repeat to his excellency what I had said on this as well as other subjects. He promised to do this without fail.
For the past three weeks, on account of the cholera, all the public departments have been closed and secretaries and clerks advised to disperse. Ministers have shut themselves up in their private apartments, and a strong cordon of guards has been placed around the palace to prevent anyone, excepting ministers only on most urgent matters, and then quite alone, from aproaching the Shah. Business has been entirely disorganized, although during the last two or three days there have been symptoms of a restored confidence and a return to the usual conditions of life.
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