Mr. Hall to Mr. Davis.
Havana, November 22, 1873. (Received Nov. 29.)
Sir: I transmit herewith a statement made by the United States vice-consul and the vice-consul of France at Santiago de Cuba, in regard to the action of the authorities of that place, in placing a guard of marines before the consular office on the day of the execution of the captain and crew of the Virginius.
The only reasonable pretext that I can imagine for this act, on the part of the authorities, is that they may have desired to protect the consulate in the event of any popular demonstration against it. There could have been, in my opinion, no other justifiable motive, and naturally they would not confess their apprehensions to Mr. Schmitt.
No information of special interest has been received from Santiago de Cuba since my last communications, further than that the United States steamer Wyoming, Commander Cushing, arrived there on the 15th instant.
I have to-day reported his arrival to the Navy Department.
I would call the attention of the Department to the many articles published during the past ten days, in the papers of this city, relating to the affair of the Virginius. I regret my inability to furnish translations.
I am, &c,