Mr. Hicks to Mr. Gresham.

No. 496.]

Sir: Referring to my Nos. 486 of April 15, 1893, and 493 of April 29, 1893, I have now to transmit a copy of the reply of the minister of foreign affairs acknowledging receipt of my note of April 29 transmitting the claim of Enrique Meier, acting consular agent at Mollendo, with a translation of the same.

The minister states that the Peruvian Government is awaiting the official report of the Mollendo authorities on the attack on the consular agency and that as soon as such report is received the Government will make a “definite and precise answer respecting the claim of Enrique Meier.”

I have been to the foreign office this afternoon in regard to this, matter and I am told by the chief clerk that the municipality of Mollendo is expected to make a detailed report of the affair, with an estimate of the amount of damage done to different persons, and it is this report for which the Government is waiting.

I have, etc.,

John Hicks.
[Inclosure in No: 496.—Translation.]

Señor Chacaltana to Mr. Hicks.

Mr. Minister: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your excellency’s attentive note of April 29, with inclosures, referring to incident in Mollendo occurring to the consular agent of the United States on the night of the 25th of March.

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My Government expects to complete its documents regarding this case. To this end it has repeated the respective orders to the Mollendo authorities, and, as soon as it receives this latest data required for the solution of this affair, I will then, without delay, give your excellency a definite and precise answer respecting the claim of Mr. Enrique Meier, as always in agreement with the ideas expressed in my note of the 8th of last month.

I have, etc.,

Cesáreo Chacaltana.