MR. HERBERT ROBERTS (Denbighshire, W.)
I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he has received any further information as to the massacre of Armenians at Tokat on 19th March; whether he can give the number of Armenians murdered and the number of houses looted on that occasion; and whether the Turkish Governor at Tokat took no steps to protect the Armenians, but rather encouraged the massacre?
On March 25th Sir P. Currie reported that Her Majesty's Vice Consul at Sivas (Major Bulman) and the Russian Vice Consul at Samsoun were to go to Tokat as representing the six Embassies to watch the proceedings of the Turkish Commissioners. On March 31st Major Bulman reported that. 89 persons had been killed, and 36 wounded, and 250 houses pillaged at Tokat, and that four neighbouring villages had been pillaged; 24 houses in them looted, and 35 of their inhabitants killed. Her Majesty's Ambassador was informed by the Foreign Minister, on the 4th inst., of the arrest of Hakki Pasha, the Military Commandant at, Tokat, who had been reported, by both the French and British Vice Consuls as principally responsible for the massacre, and whose arrest and dismissal had been demanded by the Ambassadors. On the 7th inst. Sir Philip Currie heard from Major Bulman that there had been 185 arrests at Tokat. The Commandant was ordered to Erzingian, but Major Bulman protested and demanded his trial. In connection with the Tokat massacres the Vali of Sivas, the Governor of Tokat, the Commander of Gendarmerie, and the Commissioner of Police have already been dismissed.