Chargé Wilson to the Secretary of State.
Athens, November 24, 1905.
Sir: * * * I have the honor to report that the Cretan insurrection may be said to have come to an end on the 19th instant. On that date the number of arms demanded by the powers having been delivered to the consuls in Crete, a complete amnesty was declared, not including, however, those who have committed crimes or offenses against the common law or infractions of military law, especially desertions from the gendarmerie. Such offenders, as well as the principal leaders of the insurgents, will be allowed to escape to Greece.
Whether this settlement is permanent or will last only during the winter depends largely upon what measures of reform the protecting powers may introduce. The proposal on their part to appoint an administrative and financial commission to assist in governing the island called forth a protest from Prince George, the high commissioner, in which he threatened to resign, as he should consider the appointment of such a commission * * * as depriving the Cretans of the autonomy promised and guaranteed by the powers after the insurrection of 1897.
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