to Mr. Blaine.
Madrid April 7, 1881. (Received April 23.)
Sir: Referring to Mr. Evarts’ instruction No. 111, I have now the honor to inclose herewith, for your information, a copy of my note of the 26th ultimo to the minister of state, on the question of jurisdictional limits, and of a copy and translation of his reply thereto, dated the 4th instant.
The minister of state confines himself to the question of jurisdictional limits in time of peace, or, in other words, to the jurisdictional limits established by Spain, within which Spanish guarda costas may detain and search merchant vessels with a view to the prevention of smuggling, claiming, as did his predecessor, that inasmuch as peace had been restored in Cuba at the time of the detention of the American vessels Ethel A. Merritt, Eunice P. Newcomb, George Washington, and Hattie Haskell, the question must necessarily be governed by those limits. Those limits are, as will be seen by his excellency’s note, six miles from the coast.
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