Mr. Blaine to Mr. Smith.

No. 124.]

Sir: I have received your No. 132, of the 8th instant, announcing the appointment of a special committee under the presidency of the Czarovitch for the relief of the famine sufferers in Russia.

It gives me pleasure to state that generous efforts have been initiated in the grain-producing centers of the West, aided by the Red Cross Association of the United States, for coöperation in this humane work.

I am, etc.

James G. Blaine.