to Mr. Hall.
Washington , January 25, 1888.
Sir: I inclose for your information copies of papers, under oath, in relation to the claim of Julius R. Schultz, under Title LXXII of the Revised Statutes of the United States, as discoverer of guano deposits on Vivorilla Key, off the coast of Honduras.
I have explained in a letter to Mr. J. Gorham Moale, of Baltimore, of to-day’s date, that the decision of the Department upon the claim of Mr. Schultz had been deferred, owing to a question of sovereignty over the island, and promised to acquaint him of the result of the Department’s investigation as soon as practicable.
Accordingly, I will thank you to ascertain whether Vivorilla Key is under the dominion of the Government of Honduras, or other nation.
In this connection reference is made to your No. 41, of December 14, 1882, upon the subject.
I am, etc.,