to Mr. Hall.
Washington , January 7, 1888.
Sir: I have received your No. 759 of the 8th ultimo, relative to a contract between the Guatemalan Government and Mr. John T. Anderson, an American citizen, for the construction of the Northern Railway of Guatemala.
In this connection I have examined article ix, to which you invite attention and which relates to the right of the contractor to import laborers other than Chinese, and the obligation of the Government to employ all possible means in its power to enforce the contracts made abroad with such laborers; but the question is too general to admit of instructions in advance of a case being presented.
I am, etc.,