Minister Leishman to the Secretary of State.


(Mr. Leishman reports that although an understanding was had with the Sublime Porte that all proceedings against Vartanian and Afarian should be stayed pending an agreement between the two governments, Vartanian has again been condemned to death by the Turkish courts and immediate execution of the sentence is insisted upon by the latter, upon the ground that delay in executing a self-confessed murderer is causing great discontent among the populace and consequent embarrassment, and that another month’s delay would be inevitable if the execution is not carried out immediately, as Ramazan commences on Saturday next. Requests that definite instructions be cabled to him.)