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United States Department of State / Papers relating to the foreign relations of the United States, with the annual message of the president transmitted to Congress December 2, 1902
(1902)

Turkey,   pp. 997-1050 PDF (3.9 MB)


Page 997

  997TURKEY. 
ABDUCTION BY BRIGANDS, RANSOM, AND RELEASE OF MISS 
ELLEN M. STONE, AN AMERICAN MISSIONARY~ 
lift. Le'~s/i'inan to Aft. Hay. 
[Telegram .—Paraplmrase. 
LEGATION OF THE UNITED STATES, 
Gonstantinopie, September 5, 1901. 
(Mr. Leishman reports that the United States consular agent at Salonica has
advised him by telegraph that Miss Stone, an American missionary, has been
carried off by brigands while traveling from Raslog to Djumabaia with a lady
companion, and that the matter has been actively taken up with the Porte
by Mr. Leishman.) 
Air. Le'is/tman to lift. Hay. 
No. 73.] LEGATION OF THE ETNITED STATES, 
C~nstant'inopie, September 13, 1901. 
 SIR: I beg to inclose you copy of correspondence from the consulgeneral
which will give you all the information I have been able to obtain so far
in regard to the abduction of Miss Stone by brigands in the vilayet of Salonica.
 Although it is about ten days since the outrage was committed, no demand
for ransom has yet been made. It is quite within the range of probabilities
that the brigands are Bulgarians, not Turks, as the place where they were
stopped is quite close to the Bulgarian frontier; but at this writing it
is impossible to make any positive staten~ent. 
 Although the delay must be terrible to the family and friends of Miss Stone,
I am quite of the same opinion as the consul-general and consular agent at
Salonica that any great activity on the part of the Turkish troops would
only force the brigands deeper into the mountains, and if pressed too closely
they might kill Miss Stone rather than allow her to be rescued. As soon as
the brigands feel safe they will in all probability send the native woman
who is with Miss Stone back with a demand for ransom, and in case I am unable
to induce the Ottoman Government to pay same, I have notified Mr. Peet, the
secretary of the Bible House Society, that lie should be ready for emergencies,
and that the question of getting the money back will have to be left for
future consideration, as I could make no guaranty or take official action
in regard to ransom without first receiving instructions 
from the Department. Mr. Peet assured me that he was prepared to 
act promptly. - 
    I have, etc., JOHN 0. A. LEISHMAN. 


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