No. 360.
Mr. Bayard to Mr. McLane.

No. 292.]

Sir: I inclose herewith for your information a copy of a dispatch from the commercial agent of the United States at Nouméa, inclosing a copy of a decree issued on the 12th of November last, prohibiting the deportation of criminals from Tahiti to this country.

The Department is gratified to receive such prompt confirmation of the execution of the instructions in this regard which your dispatch No. 472, of the 29th of August last,* informed the Department, were about to be sent to the French authorities in Tahiti.

I am, etc.,

T. F. Bayard.
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[Inclosure 1 in No. 292.]

Mr. Morgan to Mr. Porter.

No. 7.]

Sir: Your dispatch of the 17th September last, containing inclosure on convict question is at hand.

By this occasion I inclose extracts from the official journal, one referring to mail service between Tahiti and San Francisco; the other, informing convicts of the fourth category, first section, that they will no longer receive permission to land in the United States.

I am, etc.,

William E. Morgan.
[Inclosure 2 in No. 292.—Translation.]

french establishments in oceania.

Postal service between Papeete and San Francisco by steamers or sailing-vessels.

On the 10th September, 1887, in the office of the director of the interior at Papeete, Tahiti, will be allotted the contract for the postal service between Papeete and San Francisco, by steam or sailing ships, to run until the establishment of a line of mail steamers.

Payment for this service will not exceed for each voyage (out and home) 3,000 francs for steamers, 2,500 francs for sailing vessels.

There must be at least one departure a month from San Francisco and from Papeete.

Particulars may be had on application at the office of the director of the interior.

A. Mathivet,
The Director of the Interior.
[Inclosure 3 in No. 292.—Translation.]


Liberated convicts of the fourth category, first section, are informed that in accordance with the commands of a ministerial telegram of August 13, 1887, number 629, permission to depart for the United States of America will be no longer accorded them.