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ELEVENTH ANNUAL REPORT.
Fornaraki, nine years old, was lost on the 18tli of March. Five days later his body was found on the seashore. The Greek mob at once accused the Jews of foul play, alleging that they had killed the child for the purpose of performing some species of religious rites. Seven members of a Jewish family, named Baruch (three of whom are Greek subjects) were the especial object of the accusation, because the Fornarakis had at one time resided in the house occupied by that family. For more than four months the Baruchs were incarcerated, while the case was being investigated by seven delegates, six of whom represented the European Consuls, the seventh acting on behalf of the Patriarch of the Greek Church at Alexandria. After a painstaking investigation extending over fifty-eight sittings, and after hearing twenty-three of the leading physicians of Alexandria (four of whom prepared a special report), five delegates declared that there was no case against the Baruch family ; whilst the other two, viz., the representatives of the Greek Consul and of the Greek Patriarch, arrived at the conclusion that the Baruch family had not been cleared of suspicion. The three Baruchs, who are Greek subjects, were thereupon sent to Corfu to undergo a trial for murder.
These proceedings caused great excitement in Alexandria, it being apprehended that the exploded mediaeval calumnies might again be revived. The subject having been submitted to the consideration of the Joint Committee of Delegates, a letter was addressed to Earl Granville, Secretary of State for Foreign
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