Mr. Merrill to Mr. Bayard.
Honolulu, July 24, 1888. (Received August 15.)
Sir: I have the honor to inclose copy of “An act to authorize the Hawaiian Government to contract for the construction of inter-island submarine electric telegraph cables,” approved on the 2d instant, by the provisions of which the contract may provide for the payment by the Hawaiian Government of $25,000 to the constructor on the completion of the line connecting the group.
A contract has been entered into with the Mr. Bartholomew mentioned in the act, and he is now in the United States arranging for the construction of the cable.
I am informed by the minister of foreign affairs that the prospect for the success of the enterprise is very favorable.
I have, etc.,