Mr. Wharton to Mr. Smith.

No. 146.]

Sir: I inclose copies of two letters as follows: From the News and Courier, of Charleston, S. C., elated March 7, and from the secretary of the Merchants’ Exchange of the same city, dated March 9. The former covers a check for $885.34, the latter, $110, the proceeds of which are to be applied to the relief of the Russian sufferers, as directed by my telegram of even date herewith. I append a copy of the telegram on the overleaf.

I am, etc.,

William F. Wharton,
Acting Secretary.
[Inclosure 1 in No. 146.]

Mr. Hemphill to Mr. Blaine.

Sir: In accordance with the suggestion received from the Department of State, under date of March 4, 1892, I inclose you check of the News and Courier Company for $885.34, made payable to your order, the amount thus transmitted to you to be “immediately turned over to Mr. Charles Emory Smith,” our minister to Russia, and to be applied by him to the relief of the starving people of that afflicted country.

The check sent to you represents the contributions made through the News and Courier by the people of this city and of various places in South Carolina outside of Charleston. Most of the contributions have been small in amount, but they have been made with the earnest prayer that they may relieve in some degree the necessities of our neighbors on the other side of the sea.

Thanking you for making the Department of State the medium of doing alms for our people,

I have, etc.,

J. C. Hemphill,
Editor the News and Courier.
[Inclosure 2 in No. 146.]

Mr. Baker to Mr. Blaine.

Sir: Inclosed find New York check for $110, which I am instructed to forward to you as a subscription of the “Merchants’ Exchange” of this city for the Russian sufferers. The exchange would respectfully request that this contribution be forwarded with all convenient dispatch to the American minister at St. Petersburg for proper distribution.


Jno. M. Baker,
Secretary Merchants’ Exchange.