Mr. Mutsu to Mr. Bayard.

Sir: I have just received the following telegram from Count Okuma:

The constitution of the Empire was proclaimed by His Majesty in person this morning amidst great enthusiasm of the people.

I hasten to communicate this important news, feeling assured that you will hear it with interest, and that His Majesty the Emperor and the Government and people of Japan will have, at this important epoch in the history of the Empire, the best wishes of your Government and of the people of the United States.

I am, etc.,

M. Mutsu.