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State Department Assured Deportations by Turks Have Ceased

MARCH 8, 1916

A reply was received yesterday from the Department of state in Washington to the recent letter of Dr. William A. Shedd relative to the Armenian situation. Dr. Shedd wrote to Secretary Lansing, asking guidance from him in an effort to obtain intercession on the part of the United States Government to save the suffering Armenians from further Turkish persecution. The letter from the State Department, signed by Second Assistant Secretary Alvey A. Adec, says in part:

"In his latest telegram (received by the department on March 1) the Armenian Charge dataries at Constantinople states that during his last interview with the Turkish Minister for Foreign Affairs the Minister emphatically asserted that all deportation of the Armenians had ceased and that no more would take place and that Protestant and Catholic Armenians who had been deported would be allowed to return to their homes. The Charge adds that some amelioration of the Armenian situation is already noticeable and that American relief is now being distributed among the surviving Armenians without local official interference."

Contributions for the suffering Armenians may be sent to Charles R. Crane, Treasurer, American Committee for Armenian and Syrian Relief, 70 Fifth Avenue, New York City.

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