Mr. Blaine to Mr. Mutsu.

Sir: I have the pleasure to inform you, having reference to my note of the 12th instant, that on to-morrow (Thursday), the 28th instant, I will be prepared to deliver to you a check for $15,000, being the amount appropriated by Congress to be paid to the Japanese Government on account of injuries caused to Japanese subjects by the explosion of shells from the U. S. S. Omaha.

I am, etc.

James G. Blaine.