Mr. Coombs to Mr. Foster.
Tokyo, Japan, December 27, 1892. (Received January 18, 1893.)
Sir: I have the honor to inclose herewith final correspondence pertaining to the rescue of the crew of the merchant vessel North American, showing the disposition of the money and the names of those persons ascertained to have been most conspicuous for their services in the rescue.
Considering the wise manner of investing the gift and the friendly motive evidenced by making it an enduring monument to the recognition and appreciation of the people of the United States, I have the honor to suggest that should Congress appropriate a sum to be added to this it would more substantially contribute to the future welfare of these people, as well as to carry out their motives, and more permanently serve as an incentive in the future for the Japanese along the coast, and especially during that part of the season when frequent and violent storms render navigation hazardous, to aid those American seamen who by chance are driven upon these shores.
I have, etc,