Mr. Bayard to Mr. Curry.

No. 235.]

Sir: I transmit for your information a copy of a dispatch of 23d September, from Manila, relative to the revolt of the natives at Ponape, Caroline Islands, against the Spanish authorities, on 3d July last. It appears by a letter of the Navy Department that the commander-in-chief of the United States naval force on the Asiatic station dispatched a vessel of his command to those islands about the 7th ultimo.

I am, etc.,

T. F. Bayard.
[Inclosure in No. 235.]

Mr. Voight to Mr. Porter.

No. 186.]

Sir: In my No. 182 I had the honor to advise the departure of Rev. E. T. Doane for Ascension Island in a Spanish transport which yesterday reached this on her return trip, with the unexpected news of there having occurred at Ponape, on July 3 last, a general and bloody revolt of the natives against the Spanish, resulting in the complete rout and killing of the latter to the number of perhaps fifty, including the governor who seized and deported Mr. Doane. Women, children, and the capuchins, six, had taken refuge, in time, on a partially dismantled but yet well-armed Spanish receiving ship in yonder harbor. I understand, but can not vouch for it, [Page 410] Mr. Doane was landed out there among his people, the natives, who regard him as their father; and never would have attempted the fearful insurrection had he been left undisturbed in their midst. That much, I happen to know, is acknowledged here at headquarters, where everything now is bent on taking summary revenge on those islanders through a powerful expedition.

The said returned transport brought up a few prisoners and some ladies besides such of the Spaniards as were able to escape, among them the officer previously stationed and who was to become the acting governor in place of the unbalanced official who finally paid with his life for the madness of his short but singular career. But not a word have I had from friend Doane, who evidently has not been allowed to fulfil his promise of reporting to me by letter. And in this scanty interval and considering the present excitement of everybody here, I have as yet deferred applying to this captain-general with reference to Mr. Doane and the rest of our American missionaries at Ascension; but shall in a day or two take steps to obtain the desired information, which will be duly communicated in my next.

I do not know whether, upon my dispatch No. 177, of July 9, the Department has deemed it expedient to order a naval visit to Ponape; but as there is certain now to be carnage and turmoil until the Spanish in their own fashion have repossessed themselves; and our little band of Christian pioneers in the island may become again sorely pressed, I have to-day addressed a communication to Rear Admiral Ralph Chandler, Japan, embodying the foregoing facts, and soliciting his immediate aid in behalf of our countrymen missionaries who, I feel confident, are anxiously looking for such indispensable assistance.

Thus far written, the Portuguese consul called to apprize me that beside the principal prisoner, a Portuguese, brought up from Ascension, and who is sure to be shot, he heard of there likewise being an American in the lot, lodged in our common jail; and wanted me to take joint action in the matter. Although I lack official notice so far, I shall this afternoon visit the jail, in order to ascertain for myself the truth of that statement; and, if I find it correct, exert myself according to my consular obligations, in his behalf with these authorities.

I have, etc.,

Julius G. Voigt, Consul.