Mr. Blaine to Mr. Egan .

No. 90.]

Sir: I append a copy of your telegram of the 6th instant announcing that the Chilean Government has declared closed the ports of ChaƱaral, Taltal, Antofagasta, Tocopilla, Iquique, Caleta-Buena, Junin, and Pisagua.

Due publicity of this action of the Government of Chile has been made, but the Government of the United States reserves the right to consider upon the facts and the law any case that may arise involving the declaration which your telegram communicates.

I am, etc.,

James G. Blaine.