Mr. Egan to Mr. Blaine .
Santiago , April 23, 1891. (Received June 4.)
Sir: I had the honor to cable you to-day that the German minister received a telegram from his Government announcing the departure of four cruisers and an ironclad for Chile, and that they are expected early in June.
The fact of this German squadron coming here, under present circumstances in a semihostile spirit, as also the attitude of Great Britain, will, when the present troubles have disappeared, be severely judged by all Chileans, and must serve to turn the attention of every Chilean patriot to the importance of cultivating closer relations, commercially as well as politically, with the United States.
This squadron is coming from China.
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