[PROVISIONAL TRANSLATION FROM Persian]

 

[Translator’s notes appear in square brackets.]

[Personal information has been redacted.]

[The excerpt below is from the section of the article that pertains to the Baha’i Faith]

 

[Newspaper:] Vaghaye-e Ettefaghieh

[Date:] 3 Dhu’l-Qade 1268 [28 Mordad 1231] [19 August 1852]

[Issue No.:] 81

[Pages:] 1 and 2

 

State News of the Guarded Royal Kingdom

Tehran Government House

In the previous edition of the newspaper, an outline of the incidents that took place on Sunday, 27 Shawwal, was printed, which mentioned the audacity of some evil and cruel bastards who had intended, God forbid, to make an attempt against the blessed life of His Majesty the King, may God immortalize his power and authority. The main purpose of the newspaper was to report the health of His Majesty as a gift for all the citizens of the guarded kingdom and the cause of jubilation for those who may hear it in the distant territories. Hence, this news is being written anew, as it was felt necessary to reassure the public of the health of His Majesty for the added joy and happiness of all the people and to detail the servitude and sacrifices of those who were accompanying him at that dreadful hour. Two hours past sunrise on that day, His Majesty the King, may God prolong his authority, set out on a hunting excursion, when every arrangement had been made and everyone was awaiting his blessed arrival. As soon as His Majesty appeared, His Excellency the Prime Minister and other government officials and the senior servants of His Majesty, who were there ahead of his arrival, came out of the royal mansion. The prime minister, Mostowfi-ul Mamalek, some close associates, Mirza Kazem Khan Nezam-ul Mulk, head of the royal stables Asadollah Khan and some other dignitaries and notable subjects were among the entourage on foot. A little further, His Majesty allowed the prime minister to ride and the entourage came to a momentary halt for him to get in the saddle. All of a sudden, one of those thugs from Neyriz, Fars, whose appearance resembled a Kurdish or a Lor peasant, audaciously and boldly came running and pleading, “I have something to say.” His boldness and audacity prompted some of the royal court’s subjects to hasten forward and scuffle with him so as to protect the King, not knowing what his evil intention was. In haste, without wasting any time, he discharged his pistol towards His Royal Majesty, but praise be God, he missed, and no harm befell His Majesty. Then, another one, pistol in hand approached fearlessly, but as he prepared to discharge his pistol, one of the attendants in the front twisted his arm and the shot missed; praised be God, no harm befell the king. Although the impact of the qama, wielded by the hand of the cherished Asadollah Khan, head of the royal stables, had caused the assailant to drop the pistol, he nonetheless gathered himself again and drew a qama out of his garb. The king’s entourage, however, took him away, finished him off and let him roll in his own blood. Before he was finished, a third assailant, like his two other friends, suddenly appeared and discharged his pistol towards the royal companion. The entourage believed that this was a missed shot as well, because they did not see any change in the appearance of His Majesty the King. However, after he, so bravely, at the request of the prime minister and Mostowfi-ul Mamalek and other cohorts, agreed to go to the Sandoghkhaneh orchard nearby, it became evident that a few bullets had passed through his garment and upward from the middle of his shoulders, not so much as to harm him, but [leaving] just a few scrapes and scratches and a slight laceration. The reason those thugs found even that slight opportunity to exercise their wickedness was because at the time of the king’s mounting, as is customary, only a few were present, including the footmen, front row attendants, Mostowfi-ul Mamalek, and Nezam-ul Mulk; otherwise, the thugs would not have had the courage to move forward and all three would have been miserably subdued right at the beginning, before making any move. Their capture, and the stopping of the third, was done by all who were in His Majesty’s company at the time of mounting, such as the footmen and the subjects. Of the three thugs, the first and the third were arrested and are in prison for investigation about their friends, and the second one rolled in his own blood. Since the government officials want the details of that incident to be written in the paper, God willing, the next issue will contain a detailed account of the names of the royal court’s subjects and their sacrificial service and readiness to spare their lives will be recorded accordingly.