The former Mutessarif of Mardin, at present here, informed me about the following:
The Vali of Diyarbekir, Reschid Bey, is causing havoc like an eager bloodhound amongst the Christians of his Vilayets. Also just recently in Mardin he allowed seven hundred Christians, mostly Armenians and including the Armenian Bishop to be slaughtered like sheep in one night near the city. They had been gathered together by the Gendarmerie sent especially from Diyarbekir.
Reschid Bey continued with this bloody deed against the innocent whose numbers have surpassed two thousand; confirmed today by the Mutessarif.
If the Government does not take firm measures immediately against Reschid Bey, then Moslems amongst the common people of the Vilajets here will also begin with a massacre of Christians. The situation here in this respect is becoming more menacing daily.
Reschid Bey should be called back at once whereby it would be documented that the Government did not condone his scandalous acts and thereby the general infuriation here could be soothed.
Requesting a telegraphic confirmation of the receipt of this telegram.
Telegr. No. 8 received, will inform the Porte.