Mr. Scruggs to Mr. Foster.
Caracas , September 7, 1892 . (Received September 19.)
Sir: Messrs. H. L. Boulton & Co., of this city, agents of the American line of steamers, known as the “Red D,” which ply regularly between New York and the Venezuelan ports via Curaçao, have, upon several occasions during the present civil war, been applied to by one or the other of the several factions contending for power for use of their steamers out of their regular itinerary. In a note of the 31st instant, a copy of which I inclose, the agents referred the matter to me.
In my reply of the same date, a copy of which is likewise submitted, I advised them to uniformly, but courteously, refuse all such service, as the surest method of preserving the neutral character of their vessels and of avoiding troublesome questions.
I am, etc.,