No. 144.
Mr. Cramer to Mr. Evarts.

No. 530.]

Sir: Referring to my despatch No. 487, of the 4th of November last, giving a brief account of the riots at Santa Cruz, Danish West Indies, I have now the honor to further inform you that during the past winter a commission of three competent gentlemen was appointed by the Danish government, whose duty it was to proceed to that island, inquire into the causes of those riots, investigate the general condition of affairs there, and suggest such measures as in their judgment will be conducive to the improvement and prosperity thereof.

On the 18th ultimo these commissioners returned and delivered their report to the government. But for some reason—* * * it has not been published. It is rumored, however, that it describes the state of affairs there in gloomy colors. What some of the proposed measures are, may be inferred from the fact that the Minister of Finance introduced a bill into the Rigsdag, proposing to furnish aid to the sufferers in the form of a temporary loan. This loan will no doubt be granted. * * *

I am, &c.,