Minister Pearson to the Secretary of State.


(Mr. Pearson states that the Persian Government has finally ordered an expedition 1,500 strong to recapture the Kurd accomplices by force. The Kurds have clans assembled behind fortifications and await attack. Missionaries at Urumia, who insisted on armed expeditions as the only effective course, recoil at the prospect of bloodshed and earnestly request him to make terms with the tribe, through the British consular-general, independent of Persian authorities. He states that he has declined their request. Both Mr. Pearson and the British minister believe that force is the only effective measure, and that the expedition will have a good effect. Mr. Pearson refers to his dispatch of July 8, 1904.)a