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TENTH ANNUAL REPORT.
Majesty all cases where the Governors had refused or failed to do justice ; but as one of the Chief Secretaries at the Court told me confidentially that he feared such an arrangement would never succeed, as, he said, the Governors might bribe the "V izir or other officers at the Court to prevent the Jewish deputy from bringing under the notice of the Sultan their misconduct, or that if the deputy succeeded he might become a victim of their revenge, I withdrew my suggestion, and proposed that the Moorish Minister for Foreign Affairs should be appointed to receive the complaints and appeals of the Sultan's Jewish subjects. This latter suggestion has been adopted.
Cid Mohamed Bar gash is just, and not corrupt, like Moorish officers are in general. Such an arrangement, moreover, will render it unnecessary for the Jewish subjects of the Sultan who cannot obtain justice to refer their cases to the foreign Representatives at Tangier, or to the Israelite Associations ^ in Paris and London, as frequently happens, which occasions an official or officious interference.
As the Minister for Foreign Affairs resides at Tangier, the present arrangement will enable the British or other foreign Representative to use his good offices, if necessary, in cases brought under his knowledge of tyrannical or unjust proceedings of the Governors, and to prompt Cid Mohamed Bargash to act with energy and decision.
It appears to me that this mode of procedure will be far preferable to that of a foreign Representative receiving appeals direct from the Jewish subjects of the Sultan, which necessitates an interference with the administration of justice.
Your Lordship will observe that I took an opportunity of bringing under the notice of the Sultan three murders of Jews, which the relatives of the deceased had begged me to make known to His Majesty. I am assured, as will be seen by the "Vizir's letter, that orders have been issued by the Sultan that justice be done. Royal letters were given to me to deliver to the plaintiffs. I may observe that I am not surprised that the Jewish subjects of the Sultan find difficulty in obtaining redress, for I know not a single case of late years in which a Mahomedan guilty of the murder of a co-religionist has been condemned to death, or that blood-money has been paid to the heirs of the deceased.
I have, &c.,
J. H. Drummond HAY.
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