The New York Times16 July 1915


A Number of the American Mission Colony Have Died.

The Presbyterian Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions yesterday made public a letter received from Mrs. J. P. Cochran, a mission worker at Urumiah, Northern Persia, written on May 20, a day after the Turks and Kurds left the place because of the approach of superior Russian forces. The letter is addressed to "Friends in America," and describes the sufferings of the people and the missionaries during the occupation of the town by the Turks.

Writing of the scourge of typhoid, Mrs. Cochran says:

"Then we all began to get the typhoid fever. We had some Turkish soldiers in the hospital with it, and the people were ignorant and careless and we had an epidemic. We have seven hundred new-made graves in our compound here at the college as the result of it.

"In the hospital there was a time when the head physician's assistant, Dr. Daniel, who died with it; the matron, druggist, all the nurses, the cook, the bake-woman, the steward, and washer-women were all down together, and two hundred and fifty patients to be taken care of. You can imagine, or rather you can't begin to imagine, the disorganization of the place.

"In the city it was even worse."

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