No. 592.
Mr. Fish to General Sickles.


An official bulletin published in Havana on 5th announced capture of Virginius on 31st October, and that prisoners were being tried by a competent court. Hall reports telegraphic communication with Santiago interrupted, and no further details received. If captured on 31st, her not being brought in until 4th November needs inquiry, and the announcement of trial by competent court seems not to have been true, and needs explanation. It is presumed that Spain will voluntarily restore the ship and tender full reparation; but until accurate report of all particulars is received, no positive demand will be made.