Mr. Mutsu to Mr. Blaine.

Sir: I beg to acknowledge the receipt of your note of this date, in which you inform me that to-morrow you will be prepared to deliver to me 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 explosion of shells from the United States steamer Omaha, and to say that I shall be gratified to receive the same, and to transmit to my Government.

I am, etc.,

M. Mutsu.

receipt for the indemnity.

Know all men that I, the undersigned, Munemitsu Mutsu, envoy extraordinary and minister plenipotentiary of his Imperial Majesty, the Emperor of Japan, to the United States, having been duly and specially empowered thereunto, do hereby acknowledge that I have this day received from thd Hon. James G. Blaine, Secretary of State of the United States, in the name and on behalf of the Government of Japan, the sum of $15,000, which was appropriated by an Act of Congress, approved February 26, 1889, to be paid to the Japanese Government for distribution among the families of Japanese subjects accidentally killed or injured by explosion of shells from the U. S. S. Omaha while near the island of Ikesima, on the 4th of March, 1887.

M. Mutsu.