Mr. Swift to Mr. Blaine.
Tokio, July 23, 1889. (Received August 14.)
Sir: Referring to the correspondence which has heretofore taken place between the Department and this legation in relation to the appropriation by Congress to reward the inhabitants of the island of Tanegashima, Japan, for rescuing the crew of the wrecked American bark Cashmere, I have now the honor to inclose a copy of a note from the Japanese minister for foreign affairs, signifying the decision of his Government as to the disposition of the fund appropriated. It will be observed that on account of the distance which separates the two villages interested, it has been deemed impracticable to establish one school for the common benefit of both: but it has been decided that the fund be equally divided and two distinct educational funds thus formed, one for each of the two villages, the money to be invested in Japanese consolidated bonds.
As the arrangement thus proposed by the local authorities and sanctioned by the Imperial Government would carry out the will of Congress in the premises, I have forwarded to the minister for foreign affairs my draft on Messrs. Brown, Shipley & Co., London, for £1,027 8s. 8d., being the full amount appropriated for the purpose, viz, $5,000, at $4,8665.
I have the honor to inclose a copy of my note to the minister for foreign affairs transmitting the draft, as well as a copy of the draft, and will forward the receipts as soon as received.
I have, etc,