The New York Times30 March 1915


Troops Should Have Been There Last Saturday Constantinople Says.

WASHINGTON, March 29,- Turkish regular troops were, due to arrive last Saturday at Urumiah, Northern Persia, where Americans, and other Christians have been attacked by Kurdish bandits, according to, official statements, made to Ambassador Morgenthau Constantinople by the Turkish Grand Vizier.

The Ambassador reported this conversation to the State Department today, adding that the Turkish War Office had informed him that "no acts of violence had been committed at Urumiah."

State Department officials noted that the assertions of the Grand Vizier and of the Turkish War Office did not agree with other reports as to the situation at Urumiah. The Grand Vizier said the reported atrocities were "grossly exaggerated," while the War Office denied that there had been any disorders whatever. The reports of attacks upon foreigners have virtually all come from Tiflis, which is far from Urumiah, and between the two places communication is said to be so difficult that error was to be expected.

It is understood that the Persian Charge here has been endeavoring to obtain definite information, without success. However, as the Turkish Grand Vizier assured Mr. Morgenthau that instructions had been sent to the Turkish authorities to suppress any anti-Christian demonstration, and as these instructions are to be supported by the Turkish regular troops, the departmental and diplomatic officials here feel that there is little fear of further attacks, whatever May have happened before the troops arrived. Mr. Morgenthau reported also that the foreign educational institutions in Turkey had received a further extension of time, until September, before the new instructions of the Turkish Government growing out of the withdrawal last year of the Capitulations guaranteeing extra-territorial rights would be enforced.

The American Government protested, against that action, as it affected mission schools and colleges at that time. Mr. Morgenthau said the heads of the foreign mission schools hailed the postponement as a victory and were satisfied with the situation. In making the concession the Turkish Government required that the names of the heads of the various institutions be reported to the public instruction authorities, and Mr. Morgenthau said this order was being compiled with. In the view of officials here, the enforcement of the new order would virtually end the usefulness of the mission schools as it would place them directly under Turkish control.

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