Mr. Egan to Mr. Blaine.
Santiago, April 14, 1891. (Received June 3.)
Sir: I had the honor to-day to telegraph you in substance that the right of the Chilean Government to impose duties on shipments from any ports occupied by revolutionists or to close ports was not recognized by Germany, and that a fleet was on its way to enforce the views of the German Government.
Both the German and British ministers have made strong protests and taken up a very hostile attitude towards the Government in relation to this question. I have, on the other hand, been careful to avoid any such action, although pressed by some American shipping houses to make similar protest. I have, however, obtained full and friendly assurances that American vessels will not be subjected to any inconveniences.
I have, etc.,