Sir Julian Pauneefote to Mr. Blaine.

Sir: I have the honor to inform you that after our interview on the 13th instant on the subject of the course to be adopted with reference to the conduct of the chief justice of Samoa in absenting himself without leave, I telegraphed to the Marquis of Salisbury your suggestion that the chief justice be called upon for an explanation by the three consuls at Samoa by order of their respective governments instead of through the King of Sweden.

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I have now received a telegram from his lordship in reply, stating that this suggestion has been accepted by Her Majesty’s Government and that of Germany, and informing me at the same time that Her Majesty’s consul at Samoa has been instructed by telegraph to concert with his colleagues a joint note to the chief justice.

I have, etc.,

Julian Pauncefote.