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Title: The strangling of Persia; a story of the European diplomacy and oriental intrigue that resulted in the denationalization of twelve million Mohammedans, a personal narrative

Year: 1912 (1910s)

Authors: Shuster, W. Morgan (William Morgan), 1877-1960

Subjects: Eastern question (Central Asia)

Publisher: New York, The Century Co.

Contributing Library: The Library of Congress

Digitizing Sponsor: Sloan Foundation

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lready made his fortune, and that he sneered atthe Central Government at Teheran, including the Treasurer-general. That he thought himself safe in so doing was per-haps due to his being the father of the two ministers just re-ferred to: Wuthuqud-Dawla and Ghavamus-Saltana. Thatthey should become suddenly hostile to me on learning of Mr.Lecoffres mission to Tabriz, is perhaps explainable by thatsame relationship. Intrigues are so deep and personal interest so strong in Per-sia that it is perfectly easy to conceive how these two ministerswere favorably inclined even to the acceptance of the Russianultimatum, when we remember that one of its clauses demanded the immediate dismissal of Mr. Lecoffre from the Persianservice! The above facts are cited to show the situation between theCabinet and myself after their coup detat was executed againstthe Medjlis on December 24. The Medjlis was m£ employer. That body had directed my > ►> a 0^£o5« >a■ a ao i► 0 o1*1 oH > t-1F►

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KELATIONS WITH THE GOVEKNMENT 213 engagement, approved the contract under which I undertook thefinancial work, and had on June 13 passed a law, one of the ex-press objects of which was to make me in my task independentof the influence or control of any Cabinet which might comeinto being. The same idea and motives brought about thisstep as produced the status of the officials of the OttomanDebt. When, therefore, the Medjlis was destroyed by force, theAmericans were left without an employer or status, unlessthey chose to recognize the purely de facto Cabinet, which hadmerely arrogated to itself police powers, as the lawful govern-ment of Persia. I neither felt authorized nor desired to takesuch a step. With the abolition of the Medjlis the last hopeof doing any effective work in behalf of the Persian people hadgone, and I was compelled to regard our task as at an end. Prior to December 24, the Cabinet had several times pro-posed to me, through various emissaries, that I should resign.As

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