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State Department Inundated with Appeals for Their Protection

MAY 15, 1915

WASHINGTON, May 14.-- Replies were being prepared today at the State Department to a flood of communications from various parts of the country urging that steps be taken to protect native Christians in Armenia and in regions under Turkish control. Assurance will be giving that the department is doing and will do all in its power to aid the Armenians reported to have been attacked.

No recent report from Ambassador Morgenthau, who was directed recently to take the matter up with the Turkish Government, has been received. It was at his request, however, that Turkish regular troops were sent to Urumia, Persia, to keep order. Officials assume that the Ottoman Government will be equally ready to afford protection in other quarters where outbreaks are reported.

It was pointed out today that the feud between the native Christians in Persia and Turkish Armenia and the Kurds had endured for centuries and the present disturbed situation created by the European war was almost certain to be reflected in new outbreaks. The State Department has not been advised officially of the extent of the disorders complained of.

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