Mr. Scruggs to Mr. Foster.
Caracas , September 7, 1892 . (Received September 19.)
Sir: On the 31st ultimo I received from the Venezuelan ministry of foreign affairs a verbal note, dated the 26th, transmitting a copy of an executive decree of the last-named date, closing the ports of Ciudad Bolivar and Puerto Cabello. Copies and translations are inclosed herewith.
Each of my colleagues of the other legations received a similar note, most of whom, I believe, attach so little importance to it as to refuse to even transmit it to their respective governments; while none of them regard it as being anything more than a mere brutum fulmen of an important faction against its rival, who is now, and has been for weeks past, in actual possession of the ports named.
I have, etc.,