The Armenian Question
GREAT MEETING AT CHESTER
SPEECH BY MR. GLADSTONE
THE PORTE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE ATROCITIES
LONDON, Aug. 6.
Mr. Gladstone addressed a large meeting at Chester to-night upon the situation in Armenia and the proposed reforms. The meeting had been convened by the Duke of Westminster.
Mr. Gladstone, who was accorded an ovation, proposed a resolution declaring that the Government would receive the cordial support of the whole nation in any measures deemed necessary to secure to the Armenians effective guarantees for the safety of their lives and property, as well as their honour and religion, and that the carrying out of the essential reforms should be controlled by the Powers.
Mr. Gladstone declared that the resolution expressed the sentiments of the public in Great Britain and America. The Porte, he assorted, was morally responsible for all the horrors of the atrocities perpetrated in the Sassoun district. It was hopeless to expect better government at the hands of the Turks, whose promises were worthless. Great Britain ought not to fear the necessity for coercion in Armenia, and the Powers must obtain what was just and necessary whether resistance was offered or not.
The motion was put to the meeting and carried unanimously.
Mr. Gladstone spoke for an hour at the meeting at Chester last night. His speech was brilliant, though moderate in tone, and he disclaimed that he was actuated by party feeling.
The newspapers this morning consider that Mr. Gladstone's speech will tend to strengthen the Government.