Mr. Lothrop to Mr. Bayard.
St. Petersburg , June 22, 1887. (Received July 9.)
Sir: In answer to my note of April 11 last, asking for information as to the precise places of seizure of the schooners Eliza and Henrietta, severally, and also for copies of the minutes or records of the courts that condemned the said schooners, including the charges, evidences, and other proceedings, I have now received from the imperial Government copies of the “protocols” in each of said cases.
It will be seen that the tribunal that confiscated the schooner was made up of the officers of the capturing vessel, and that the evidence on which they claim to have acted was furnished by their own observation, the papers or want of papers of the schooners, and the admissions of their masters.
I inclose the copies furnished to me with translations of the same.
I am, etc.,