760j.67/–: Telegram

The High Commissioner at Constantinople (Bristol) to the Secretary of State

520. Following from Moser, American Consul Tiflis:

“October 4, 5 p.m. Armenian Government informed me tonight that Armenia is in a state of war against Turkey. A general [Page 789]mobilization is called for all males over the age of 35 and the railroad turned over to military authorities. It is reported that Georgia has agreed to assist Armenia and to compel the mobilization for service in Armenia of all men in Georgia according to their nationality. The Turks occupied [Sarikamish] which contain[s] considerable stores of the Near East Relief and some anxiety is felt for the personnel of the Near East Relief especially at Kars. Tonight military patrol established at Tiflis to guard police station and government institutions from possible Bolshevik demonstration in support [of] Turk Nationalists. Moser.”

Bristol