Mr. Blaine to Mr. Hirsch.

No. 100.]

Sir: I have received your No. 134 of the 4th instant, by which it appears that the statements made by Moses Angel and S. Kanstoroom, the American citizens referred to in your No. 99, and those of the local authorities at Jerusalem, in respect to their arrest last November for alleged default in the payment of taxes, are quite at variance.

The steps you have taken to ascertain the facts are approved.

I am, etc.,

James G. Blaine.