Mr. Pile to Mr. Fish.
Caracas, December 10, 1872. (Rec’d Jan. 3, 1873.)
Sir: A fleet of five German war-steamers, with an aggregate of two thousand men and officers, anchored in the port of La Guayra yesterday. The object of their visit has not transpired at this writing, but it is supposed to be a friendly call. The German minister resident states that he had no notice nor information of their coming, and does not know its object, but supposes the fleet is on a cruise and have incidentally called at La Guayra.
I am, &c.,