Published in The New York Times, January 20, 1898
GREEK WOMEN APPEAL FOR AID
The American People Asked to Assist Fugitive
Thessalians to Return to Their Homes.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 19. – United States Minister Rockhill at Athens has forwarded to the Department of State an appeal by the Society of Greek Women for help to enable the fugitive Thessalians to return to their homes. The appeal is directed to the American people, and reads as follows:
“Excellency: The terrible disasters and deprivations which the last war has brought on our unfortunate compatriots, the Thessalians, is undoubtedly well known to your Excellency, Their property has been destroyed; their homes looted, and now, homeless and destitute, they have fled from their unfortunate province seeking safety for their lives and bread for their children.
“The Government and private philanthropy have both done what was possible for their relief. But their destitution was so great and their immediate needs so pressing, that now, when the time has come for them to return to their homes and attempt to reconstitute their homesteads with what the mercy of the enemy may have left them, they are entirely without the means of returning.
“The liberal feeling and generosity of the American people, of which suffering humanity has so often been a grateful witness, encourage us to appeal to it through your Excellency in favor of these unfortunate beings whose misery must touch every heart. We entreat your Excellency to give all the publicity you may think necessary to this appeal, and we are convinced that the gratitude of these unfortunate victims of the war and of all the Greek Nation toward the American people and toward the official representatives of the United States will be profound and indelible.”
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