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Rendel J. Harris and Helen B. Harris

LETTERS FROM ARMENIA


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LETTER No. XIX.

FIRST RUMOURS OF THE VAN MASSACRE.

MARDIN, June 29, 1896.

MY DEAR FRIENDS, — I have very little personal news for you to-day, for our life here has gone on very evenly since I last wrote; but the rumours that are coming in are most disquieting. We have no certain news except a telegram from Dr. Raynolds of Van to the effect that the missionaries are safe, but the rumour in the market-place here is that every Christian at Van has been killed, and that the Government have turned the cannon on the towns of Erzeroum and Bitlis and levelled them with the ground.1 There is a great panic here, of course, and the Christian men who have any money say they will take out their papers and go to Beyrout, or anywhere, and leave everything. We hear also of Arab risings near here, and altogether it seems as if a new reign of terror is commencing.

E. and Mr. Andrus have not yet returned, but we expect them to-morrow, and probably at the end of the week we shall return to Diarbekir (which is, however, in a most unsettled condition). Our future movements we

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1 The state of things at Van was not quite so bad as the alarmist rumours painted it, though the outlook was dark and sad indeed. And the other reports as to Erzeroum, &c, were not substantiated.

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must leave entirely to that Divine guidance which has been so wonderfully with us hitherto, and believe that in some way God will use our presence here for His own glory. He keeps our hearts and minds in His own peace.

— Yours affectionately,

HELEN B. H.

P.S. — We have received large budgets of letters from the Bible House and from Aintab, and are grateful. Miss G. Kimball is returning from Van to America, for which I am very sorry.

Excuse so poor a letter. I had a nice meeting with the women yesterday (Sunday), in spite of great heat. The missionaries here are most kind, and we have much fellowship with them every way. Their one thought is for the people.

 


Table of contents
The cover and pages 1-4 | Preface | Table of contents (as in the book)
Turkish Armenia with Route of J.R. & H.B. Harris (a map)
Letter I | Letter II | Letter III | Letter IV | Letter V | Letter VI | Letter VII | Letter VIII
Letter IX | Letter X | Letter XI | Letter XII | Letter XIII | Letter XIV | Letter XV
Letter XVI | Letter XVII | Letter XVIII | Letter XIX | Letter XX | Letter XXI | Letter XXII
Letter XXIII | Letter XXIV | Letter XXV | Letter XXVI | Letter XXVII | Letter XXVIII
Memorandum: Notes of Information from J. R. H. | Letter XXIX | Letter XXX
Letter XXXI | Letter XXXII | Letter XXXIII | Letter XXXIV | Letter XXXV
Letter XXXVI | Letter XXXVII

Acknowledgements:

Source: J. Rendel Harris & B. Helen Harris. Letters from the Scenes of the Recent Massacres in Armenia. London, James Nisbet & Co., Limited, 1897
Provided by: Aram Arkun, Krikor and Clara Zohrab Information Center
Scanned by: Karen Vrtanesyan
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