to Mr. Bayard.
Rio de Janeiro, March 1, 1887. (Received April 9.)
Sir: On the morning of the 25th ult. I received at Petropolis the following cable:
Use good offices for extending concession to Pedro Segundo American Cable Company.
To which I replied on the 28th:
Telegram received; action taken with representative.
The company’s resident agent informed me that the concession would expire March 4th, and that he had not yet received instructions from New York concerning an extension of the concession, As but a week remained from the time the Department’s telegram reached me to the date of the expiration of the concession, I deemed it advisable to cable reply, thus informing the company that the request for an extension had been made in time. Had the agent been away from the city and the petition not put in by the 3d of March the enterprise would have been considered as finally abandoned.
I used my “good offices” by addressing a note to the minister of foreign affairs, a copy of which is hereto annexed, and by requesting the French legation to furnish me with information concerning the French line in the West Indies, the said information for the use and at the request of the company’s representative.
I have, etc.,