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SAYS TURKS ADVISE CHRISTIANS TO FLEE


Fear of General Massacre in Constantinople
if Allied fleet Passes Dardanelles

January 11, 1915

Special Cable to THE NEW YORK TIMES. ATHENS, Jan. 9, (Dispatch to The London Daily Telegraph.) --- A man arriving from Constantinople who is in a position to know the facts has given me a mass of information concerning the present condition of affairs in the Turkish capital. He says the Turkish Government has no fear of a revolution, and that measures taken against the enemies of Young Turks Committee are so drastic that no concarted movement on their part is possible.

The whole attention anti anxiety of the Government is concentrated on the posible forcing of the Dardanelles by the allied fleet. It seems also that this fear is shared by their German mentors, for Baron Von Wangenheim, the German Ambassador, has warned the Minister of a Balkan State in Constantinople that in the event of the allied ficet's forcing the straits, the Turks will vent their wrath by a massacre of Christian population. In Constantinople no endeavor is any longer made by the Ministers to hide their feelings towards there Christian subjects.

To the Greek Patriarchate, who was sent to Talaat Pasha to remonstrate against the excesses committed by the organs of his Ministry, he unequivocally replied that there was no room for Christians in Turkey and that best the Patriarchate could do for his flock would be to advise them to bclear out of the country and make room for Moslem refugees.



A hard copy of this article or hundreds of others from the time of the Armenian Genocide can be found in The Armenian Genocide: News Accounts From The American Press: 1915-1922




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