Mr. Boker to Mr. Fish.
Constantinople , July 17, 1873. (Received August 7.)
Sir: I have the honor herewith to transmit a copy of the report of the commission which lately sat at the Sublime Porto, for the purpose of interpreting the words “tonneau de capacité,” as found in the firman granting the concession to the Suez Canal Company, together with a translation of the same into English.
It will be observed that the commission decides against the construction put upon the phrase by Mr. de Lesseps, a judgment which would condemn the company to refund the tolls which have been paid under protest since July 1, 1872. It is not, however, supposed that Mr. de Lesseps will submit to this decision without a struggle but that he will seek some other method of obtaining his own way, which, as a solution of all difficulties, that eminent gentlemans seems to consider to be his mission upon earth.
I am, &c,