No. 318.
Mr. Bingham to Mr. Evarts.

No. 858.]

Sir: Refering further to my dispatch No. 796, in relation to the assassination of his excellency Mr. Okubo, it gives me pleasure to note that on the hundredth day after the death of that faithful minister it pleased the imperial household of His Majesty the Emperor to present to the family of the deceased 30,000 yen, as appears by a notice published in the Nichi Nichi Shimbun, a paper issued in this capital. I inclose a translation of the notice.

According to custom in Japan, the hundredth day after the death of a friend is often observed in memory of the deceased.

I have, &c.,

[Inclosure in No. 858.]
[Translation from the Nichi Nichi Shimbun, August 31, 1878.]

The 21st instant (August) being the hundredth day since the assassination of the late Udaijin (junior prime minister, posthumous title given to Mr. Okubo), Mr. Okubo, his family were presented with a gift of 30,000 yen from the imperial household department.