Mr. Runyon to Mr. Gresham.


Minister for foreign affairs concurs in the plan mentioned in your cipher telegram in regard to Samoa, but thinks each Government should send two ships. German Government has one already; another will be there July 5. He thinks that operations of combined forces and all details in connection with them should be left to the joint decision of the naval commanders and the consular officers of the three Governments on the spot.

He now sees no reason for suggested conference and awaits explicit statement as to the subjects proposed to be submitted.