The New York Times17 August 1918


To the Editor of The New York Times:

In a Chicago dispatch that appeared in your columns this morning the statement was made that the Persian Consul, according to certain charges, helped Persian and "Syrians" to evade the draft. No Persian Consul in the United States could have anything whatever to do with the Syrians, whose interests since the severance of diplomatic relations with Turkey have been in the hands of the Spanish Embassy and Consulates. Evidently the reference is not to Syrians, but to Assyrians, who come from the northwestern part of Persia, and would naturally come within the scope of the Persian Consul's activity. Failure to keep clear the distinction between Assyrians and Syrians has often led to great confusion. PHILIP K. HITTE.
Columbia University, Aug. 15, 1918.

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