Minister Leishman to the Secretary of State.
Constantinople, October 26, 1905.
Sir: I have to inclose copy of cablegram sent you this day regarding the case of Charles Vartanian, together with a copy of a note addressed to the Sublime Porte on this subject, after my interview yesterday morning with the Imperial minister for foreign affairs.
When I saw that official on Tuesday afternoon he assured me that I need give myself no concern about Vartanian, explaining that the second trial had taken place in order to convict Vartanian’s accomplices, and that no steps would be taken to execute the judgment of the court in Vartanian’s case pending an adjustment between the two governments.
Subsequent events, however, developed the fact that the matter was beyond the control of the Porte, as I received a telegram from the minister late the same evening, asking me to call at his residence early the next morning, which I did, and found that the palace authorities, ignoring the action of the Porte, had made every arrangement to execute Vartanian, as they did not wish to longer delay hanging him, owing to popular feeling, and as the feast of Ramazan is at hand, during which time all work is practically suspended. Unless the execution takes place this week it will be necessary to postpone the matter for another month.
I protested as strongly as I could against any action being taken pending an understanding between the two governments regarding the treatment of the case, but unless some more forcible argument be resorted to I am not at all sure that my protest will be respected, although I am in hopes that it may have the desired effect of causing a temporary postponement. * * *
Awaiting your instructions,
I have, etc.,