Mr. Jackson to Mr. Hay.
Athens, March 7, 1904.
Sir: I have the honor to report that a hopeful feeling continues to prevail with regard to events in the Balkans in the coming spring. It is reported that engagenments have been made between the Porte and the Bulgarian agent at Constantinople with a view to preventing trouble between Turkey and Bulgaria, and the Bulgarian military authorities have taken measures, much more serious than those taken last year, to prevent the formation of bands on Bulgarian territory and their crossing over into Turkey. Even the insurgent leaders are said to have announced that they are ready to await the result of the so-called reforms and will do nothing to prevent their being a success.
The Comitadges continue to terrorize the Macedonian peasants, especially those who have recently detached themselves from the Bulgarian exarchate and have gone over to the orthodox patriarchate.
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