No. 264.
Mr. Bayard to Mr. Roustan .

Sir: I have the honor to inform you that Mr. McLane, our minister |in Paris, has been authorized by cable to sign the explanatory protocol to the Submarine Cables Convention of 14th March, 18S4, subject to the [Page 362] approval of the Senate of the United States. The legislation necessary to carry the above convention into effect is now pending before Congress, which will meet on the 6th proximo.

I have, etc.,

T. F. BAYARD.