TURKISH BANDS DOMINATE CILICIA
FRENCH PRESTIGE INJURED.
(FROM OUR OWN CORRESPONDENT.)
CONSTANTINOPLE, APRIL 16(delayed).
Persons arriving from Cilicia describe the situation there as most unsatisfactory. The wives and families of officers and officials have nearly all left.
Turkish bands are active north of Adana and West of Mersina. Sis and Hadjin are still blockaded. The French troops, mostly coloured, have only been employed in defensive operations except when the opened the road to Aintab.
There is a general impression that the local French authorities are left in the dark as to the intentions of the home Government, and are consequently unwilling to adopt a more active policy. The abandonment of Marash and its population was ordered, I learn from a reliable informant, at the moment when the Turks, demoralized by over 3,000 casualties, had begun to retire. It has greatly injured French prestige, both among the Christian population, which is beginning to believe the scaremongers, who inform them that the French propose to retire from the country and leave them to their fate, and still more among the Nationalist, who continue to make capital out of their victory.