The Daily Telegraph
SET ON FIRE BY TURKS.
Miss Mills, matron of the American Girls’ College, declares that she saw an officer or non-commissioned officer of the Turkish regular army going into a house with several small cats of petrol. Soon after he came out again flames jetted forth from the house. Almost at the same time fire broke out in different points of the town. Fire even broke out near to the Turkish quarter of Basma Khane. It was the first day after the Turkish occupation, and a south-easterly wind was blowing which drove the flames to the west, the Turkish quarter thus escaping, and as a matter of fact that quarter was quite untouched by the conflagration.
Besides the pupils about 1,300 Christian refugees had taken refuge in the college, which is quite near the place where the fire started. The fate of the girl pupils is unknown. It is alleged that all of them have been carried off by the Turks. At the time the Simpson left the flames had reached the quays, menacing the foreign Consulates.
Before the fire there were massacres which continued throughout the night in the midst of the flames. It is impossible to estimate the number of killed. The American Dr. Post, who, together with Members of the American Relief Committee, made investigations, thinks the number of victims up to the time the fire broke out must have amounted to 1,000. A large number of Christians is believed to have perished in the flames.
Foreign trade has sustained enormous losses, especially the branches or agencies of the big American tobacco houses, such as the Gary Tobacco Company and the Standard Commercial, nearly all whose stocks have been destroyed. The total material losses are set down at a milliard of francs. Great quantities of provisions were destroyed, thus creating a regular food shortage.