The Armenian Riot
PERILOUS SITUATION OF THE PATRIARCH
A DESPERATE GARRISON CRITICAL POSITION AT CONSTANTINOPLE
LONDON, Oct. 4.
A very threatening and critical situation still exists in Constantinople, where the Turkish authorities are making ruthless endeavours to suppress the Armenian revolt.
The Armenian patriarch, with several hundred of his followers, is shut up in the patriarchate, and surrounded by a strong force of Turkish police.
The refugees are armed, and refuse to surrendor, intending to hold the place to the last. The Turks threaten to storm the buildings if the resistance is prolonged.
It is feared that as many as 200 of the Armenian population were killed in the fierce street fighting which took place yesterday.
THE POWERS EMBARRASSED
DEMANDS BY THE AMBASSADORS
PROTECTION FOR FOREIGNERS
1,200 ARMENIANS IN PRISON
LONDON. Oct. 5.
The position of affairs at Constantinople arising out of the Armenian outbreak is causing great anxiety in all the European capitals, and will, it is believed, cause serious embarrassment to the powers, especially England, France, and Russia, which have been pressing on the Sultan the necessity for sweeping reforms in the administration of Armenia.
The foreign ambassadors at the Turkish capital have addressed the Porte, and demanded that immediate steps shall be taken for the protection of foreigners, the restoration of order, and the punishment of such of the police as took part in the slaughter of the Armenians.
The Porte is greatly alarmed at the situation, and is taking measures to have the Turkish quarters nightly guarded in order to prevent the escape of the Softas or Moslim students, who are accused of having committed the worst excesses.
Altogether 1,200 Armenians concerned in the riots have been arrested, and are now in prison.
THE RISING FOSTERED BY ENGLISH MONEY
LONDON, Oct. 5.
The Berlin correspondent of the Standard states that conclusive proofs have been found on the Armenian prisoners that the rising was fostered and supported by English money.
STUDENTS RIOTS SUPPRESSED
ARMENIANS DISMISSED BY THE SULTAN
LONDON, Oct. 6.
Attempts were made yesterday by the Softas, or Mohammedan students, to renew the rioting, but they were suppressed by the Turkish troops, who killed several of the rioters.
The Sultan, being afraid to trust them, has dismissed all the Armenians in his service.