Mr. Coombs to Mr. Foster.
Tokio, Japan, November 26, 1892. (Received December 19.)
Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your instruction No. 32, of date September 27, 1892, authorizing me to draw upon the Secretary of State for the sum of $350 as a gift to the villagers of Shiwaki-ura, Tokushima prefecture, Japan, who were instrumental in saving the lives of the crew of the ill-fated American vessel North American.
I had the honor to transmit such draft to his excellency, Mutsu Munemitsu, His Imperial Japanese Majesty’s minister for foreign affairs, with a note to him, No. 20, of date the 16th instant.
I have the honor to inclose herewith copy of the reply of his excellency, to my note which, in itself, forms a complete record to date in the matter.
When the final distribution of the money is made and the names of those villagers most conspicuous in the rescue and entitled to medals are ascertained I shall transmit the correspondence relative to the same.
I have, etc.,