No. 590.
General Sickles to Mr. Fish.


Minister says he has not yet received detailed report asked for from captain-general. It appears Virginius was taken to Santiago de Cuba where she arrived at six in the morning of the 1th. A few hours afterward four of the passengers, who had been tried and sentenced to death some two years ago, were identified and shot. This was reported to General Jovellar on the 5th—the same day he was informed of the capture, and the day before President Castelar’s order was sent from Madrid in reply to the captain-general’s first telegram on the subject. I have received only one instruction from you in this case. If you have sent more please repeat.