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The Minister in Iran (Hornibrook) to the Secretary of State

1. Editorial appearing in today’s Setareh-Ye-Djehane, which is owned by a deputy in the Majlis, takes strong exception to alleged undignified and frivolous manner in which Djalal incident has been treated by the American press. Article alludes to recall of Djalal and opines that this is insufficient and there is nothing in principle to prevent dissolving Imperial Legation in Washington, recall of the entire [Page 346] staff and the rupture of diplomatic relations. I view this article with concern since, in view of close relations between the Iranian press and the Government, the article may possibly presage action of kind described. Article undoubtedly inspired in the main by colored Djalal mail report.