My name had been struck off the list and that I had been con demned to death by the Padishah and the Government
I need not tell you that I had no authority to gratify Refet Bey s ambition. He ought to have known better than anybody else that I could not do so. He could not have expected that I would intervene with the Government on his behalf to obtain his request. The whole world knew beyond any doubt that I had not only resigned my post as an Inspector in the Army and had retired from military service, but that my name had been struck off the list and that I had been con demned to death by the Padishah and the Government.
My activities were confined to my work in the Committee which had been elected by the Congress and which I carried out in the name of the Committee. I was not entitled, nor had I the authority offi cially vested in me as the leader of the national struggle.
It was surely evident to everybody who knew anything about my position that it was useless to apply to me for any title or privilege.
When we sent Refet Bey to Konia we had instructed him, to do all he could to help us. It was his business to show what he could do in this direction.