Minister Pearson to the Secretary of State.
Teheran, April 29, 1905.
Sir: I have the honor to inclose copy of a letter from Dr. I. P. Cochran, dated April 17, 1905. I request special attention to the following statement in said letter:
In this connection may I also put on record my belief that it is not wise nor best to execute any of the Kurds arrested, even though we are sure they are the criminals, because of the blood feud that these savages would have to observe.
This deliberate expression of belief coming from the recognized leader of the American missionaries at Urumia, and urging not a postponement, but a permanent and radical modification of the terms of agreement with the Persian Government, emphasizes the necessity of giving the positive instructions which I have heretofore requested for my guidance.
I am, etc.,