Mr. Durham to Mr. Foster.
Port au Prince , January 23, 1893 . (Received February 6.)
Sir: I have to inclose a note from the minister for foreign relations, in which he discusses the case of Mr. Mevs. It was received seven hours after that gentleman had been here proposing arbitration.
I reply in my second inclosure, remarking that the minister seems to argue chiefly from the assumption that Mr. Mevs was guilty of smuggling, an assumption which was made impossible by the frank confession of the State that no case could be made out against the accused man.
I ask the minister whether his note is to be interpreted as a refusal to indemnify Mr. Mevs.
I am, etc.,