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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 5, 1905
(1905)

Turkey,   pp. 875-911 PDF (14.3 MB)


Page 875

TURKEY. 
DISPLAY OF FOREIGN FLAGS OVER PRIVATE ESTABLISHMENTS. 
Chargé Jay to the Secretary of State. 
No. 973.]      AMERICAN LEGATION, 
 Constantinople, January 11, 1905. 
 SIR: I have the honor to inform you that I have recently been requested
to authorize the numerous American religious, charitable, and educational
institutions in the interior to fly the American flag on Sundays and holidays.
 While there appears to exist no Turkish law prohibiting private individuals
and private institutions of foreign nationality from dis playing their national
flag, yet such action, especially in the interior, meets with the strongest
disapproval of the Imperial authorities and generally causes complications.
 Certain reputable foreign institutions and a few private citizens at Constantinople,
especially in the Christian districts of Pera and Galata, are tacitly permitted
to fly their national flags, and this is also the case at several of the
larger seaports in the Empire. 
 In the interior, however, the presence of a foreign flag denotes the residence
of a consular officer or of some quasi government institution, such as the
subventioned French schools. 
 Though doubtless in many cases where our missionaries are on good terms
with the local authorities, no objection would be raised to their flying
the flag, yet in many others I fear that such a step would lead to open complaint
and annoyances ostensibly founded on other grounds. I have drawn the attention
of those interested to the above, but I am nevertheless requested to state
whether the American institutions have the right to fly the flag; and, if
so, whether the legation will sup port them in this right. I have, therefore,
the honor to respectfully request instructions from the Department upon this
matter, as I am unable to find in the published Foreign Relations or in the
legation's archives any decision of the Department covering this particular
point other than the right of American citizens to hoist the flag on their
property in times of insurrection or riot. 
 I have, etc., PETER AUGUSTUS JAY. 
The Acting Secretary of State to Chargé Jay. 
No. 757.] DEPARTMENT OF STATE, 
    Washington, February 1, 1905. 
 Sin: I have to acknowledge the receipt of your No. 973 of the 11th ultimo,
asking whether American religious, charitable, and educational institutions
in Turkey are authorized to fly the American flag on Sundays and holidays.
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