File No. 704.6791/2

The Minister in Persia ( Caldwell ) to the Secretary of State

No. 63]

Sir: I have the honor to report that on Saturday, May 1, at the request of the German Legation, I allowed several German families to take refuge and sleep in the residence portion of this Legation. Such families were here two nights.

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The occasion of their fear for their safety was the demand for certain Cabinet changes that day made by the English Minister and Russian Chargé d’Affaires which nearly precipitated a crisis. Conditions are again normal, but the Turkish Ambassador has asked if he might be allowed to obtain shelter at the American Legation with his subjects in case the future brings trouble again, and that in case of necessity would this Legation care for and protect Turkish interests and allow use of our flag over his Embassy for that purpose. To this request I have as yet made no reply, pending instructions which this despatch asks.

I have [etc.]

John L. Caldwell