Mr. Bingham to Mr. Evarts.
Tokei, Japan, October 6, 1879. (Received November 4.)
Sir: Referring to my No. 959, in which I reported the cholera returns in Japan up to the 6th ultimo, I now beg leave to acquaint you that the report of returns of cholera cases throughout the empire up to the 30th ultimo, as published in the Japan Daily Mail, of the 4th instant, are as follows: Whole number of cases from the commencement of the epidemic in April last, 148,038; of which 83,012 proved fatal; showing that the death-rate of those attacked was 56.07 per cent.
It is a pleasure to be able to say that the plague is staid, and that but few cases are reported in any quarter.
I have, &c.,