The New York Times28 March 1915


Declares Christians Will Be Protected - State Department Still Has No News.


Official of Presbyterian Board of Foreign Missions Regards Situation as More Hopeful.

WASHINGTON, March 27.- Efforts to obtain official information concerning the reported outrages against Americans and refugees in missions in Urumiah and Gulpashan. Northern Persia, were continued today without result. The State Department was bombarded with messages from relatives and friends of Americans believed to be in, the disturbed region. Secretary Bryan, however, received word from Ambassador Morgenthau at Constantinople that the Turkish Grand Vizier had issued orders to his subordinates that all Christians in the danger section be protected and that uprisings be put down. The state Department was without official information regarding the report that the British and American Consuls at Tabriz, Persia, had petitioned the Russian Government to send Russian troops from Tiflis to allay the uprising. While it is believed that Russian troops could most expeditiously reach the Urumiah district, it is regarded as unlikely that any will be sent, now that the Turkish Government has agreed to look after the safety of foreigners there.

The American Consul at Tabriz. Gordon Paddock, has been asked to forward all details of the reported atrocities and the whereabouts of persons for whom inquiries have, been made. Many directions, Secretary of State Bryan said today, had gone forward to American diplomatic and Consular officials in the vicinity of the danger zone, urging them to do all they possibly could do.

A communication from the State Department, saying that the Grand Vizier of Turkey had issued instructions to his subordinates that all inhabitants of the mob-ridden section of Persia, including the thousands of Christians in the vicinity of Urumiah, must be protected was received yesterday by the Presbyterian Board of Foreign Missions. The communication was signed by Robert Lansing, the Department's Counselor.

"Mr. Lansing advises us," said George T. Scott, assistant secretary of the board, "that Ambassador Morgenthau, at Constantinople, communicated to the Grand Vizier the request of the State Department for the protection of Americans in the vicinity of Urumiah. The Grand Vizier, the letter says, expressed the belief that the reports of outrages there were inaccurate, and told Mr. Morgenthau, that he would immediately instruct his subordinates to protect all the inhabitants of the section, including of course, the Christians.

"Mr. Morgenthau's cablegram, the letter said, was dated March 24, but did not reach the State Department t until March 26."

Mr. Scott added that the Board was not so apprehensive at present as to the safety of American missionaries in the district as it had previously been. He thought that Mr. Allen, the American missionary, who was, beaten by pillaging Kurds, who stormed the American mission, had probably stood guard at the gate to the mission, and had received rough treatment because he resisted the mob which was intent upon reaching some of the native refugees inside.


Further Postponement of the Rules as to Foreign Schools.

CONSTANTINOPLE, March 27.- Through the personal efforts of Henry Morgenthau, the American Ambassador to Turkey, the Council of Ministers has granted a further postponement to next September of the new regulations governing foreign schools in Turkey . Great satisfaction with this postponement is expressed by the officials of Robert College and the American College for Girls.

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