867.602 Ot 81/427: Telegram

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


296. My telegram 292 of November 6. Report from Barnes states that the Minister of Public Works on November 8 informed the representative of the Ottoman-American Development Company, Soubhi Bey, that the Turkish Government was unable to accept the company’s contention that work had commenced on the Samsoun-Sivas line in accordance with the contract. The Ministry gives the company, however, until November 25 to present satisfactory evidence that it has secured sufficient capital to begin serious work. [Page 1251] If this is done the Turks will extend all facilities to the company. Yesterday Soubhi Bey left for Constantinople.