Mr. Coombs to Mr. Foster.
Tokyo Japan, December 17, 1892. (Received January 14.)
Sir: I have the honor to inclose herewith copies of receipts, one from the “Chartered Bank of India, Australia, and China,” showing the proceeds in yen of my draft on the Secretary of State for $350 United States gold, in behalf of the rescuers of the wrecked vessel North American, and the other from the governor of Tokushima Ken for my personal check for yen 520.45, being the amount of proceeds of said draft. The draft had originally been drawn in favor of His Imperial Japanese Majesty’s minister for foreign affairs, and had been indorsed by him and made payable to the governor of Tokushima Ken. The governor seemed to be in doubt as to the amount in exchange which he could get and asked my assistance. I forwarded the draft to the bank, with the result shown by the inclosed copy of their receipt.
The money is to go toward the purchase of bonds in Tokushima Ken, which are supposed to be worth a yearly interest of about 90 yen. This will be devoted to the purchasing of fishing nets and such things as will assist the villagers in the pursuit of their occupation.
I explained to the governor that the United States would always be interested in hearing of the disposition of this fund in a manner most beneficial to those people. I was promised by the governor a copy of his report to His Imperial Japanese Majesty’s minister for foreign affairs giving an account of the investment of this money. When received I shall have the honor of transmitting copy of this report to you.
I have, etc,