Señor Luca to Mr. Blaine .


The delegation of the National Congress of Chile requests your excellency to forbid the purchase of arms for the dictator Balmaceda, with which he intends to attack the constitutional forces of the Congress. We exercise full sovereignty over the departments of Pisagua, Tarapacá, Tocopilla, Taltal, Chañaral, and Antofagasta, and we are blockading their ports. The constitutional army occupies 480 miles of coast—65,000 square miles.

Waldo Silva Bareas Luca,