Mr. Tyler to Mr. Hay.
Teheran, August 20, 1904.
Sir: I have the honor to inclose for your information copy of a letter addressed to the prime minister with reference to the removal from their positions of the governor and the high priest of Urumia and the arrest of the accomplices. These official personages have been closely associated with the murder of the late Mr. Labaree and his servant and the subsequent hesitation and delays which have taken place in the arrest of the murderers and their accomplices.
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In my interview with the foreign minister, on the 17th, I was assured that the Government was not neglecting any measures that would be likely to attain the object in view.
He told me that every one of my communications had been laid before the Shah, and he showed to me His Majesty’s autograph remarks on the last, in which he said that repeated orders had been sent and that he was then giving further and more imperative commands to have the accomplices arrested.
I told his excellency that there must be an end to these promises without results and excuses devoid of reason or justification, for the United States Government would not understand why, with all the information which had been supplied and the indication of methods which, if adopted, would have insured the arrests, nothing had so far been seriously attempted.
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I have, etc.,