767.68/276: Telegram

The Consul General at Smyrna ( Horton ) to the Acting Secretary of State

Following telegram has been sent to Admiral Bristol:

“September 4, noon. Refugees pouring into Smyrna and panic increasing. In interests of humanity and for safety American interests [Page 415] beg you to mediate with Angora Government for amnesty [sic] sufficient to allow Greek forces to evacuate. Amnesty will avoid possible destruction of Smyrna, which may result from blowing up of ammunition dumps and acts of mutinous and demoralized Greek soldiers. Greek High Commissioner last night authorized me verbally to take steps towards mediation. I repeated my request for one or more naval units. British Consul General informs me that he has telegraphed in the same sense to his High Commissioner. Horton.”