Mr. Hubbard to Mr. Bayard.
Tokio , December 10, 1886. (Received January 3, 1887.)
Sir: As a supplement to my former dispatches advising the Department of State from time to time of the progress and fatal results of the recent cholera epidemic in Japan, I have the honor herewith to transmit the latest statistics, translated from the Japanese Official Gazette, giving a complete summary to date of the number of cases and deaths which have occurred in this country since the outbreak of the plague in the present year. The rate of mortality is almost unprecedented, and well calculated to awaken our own authorities at home to the utmost vigilance in guarding against the importation and introduction of the disease to the United States from infected countries.
Since forwarding my No. 232 I have had interviews with several eminent medical gentlemen long resident in Japan. They express the fear, as indicated in my last dispatch on this subject, that cholera here, as in India, will probably eventually become epidemic, as it has been for several consecutive years past declared to have been epidemic.
I have, etc.,