Mr. Thompson to Mr. Gresham.

No. 329.]

Sir: Referring to my No. 326 of December 23, giving such information as I had at hand concerning the wounding and killing of American sailors at Santa Catharina, I now have the honor to inclose copy and translation of a note from the foreign office upon the subject. I am still without a full report from Consul Grant.

I have, etc.

Thos. L. Thompson
[Inclosure in No. 329.—Translation.]

Dr. Carvalho to Mr. Thompson.

I have duly received the note which Mr. Thomas L. Thompson, envoy extraordinary and minister plenipotentiary of the United States of America, was pleased to address to me on the 18th instant, informing me of the maltreatment, by soldiers of the State of Santa Catharina, of three sailors from the schooner Isaiah K. Stetson, one of whom has since died, and requesting that steps might be taken to secure the speedy punishment of the guilty parties.

On the receipt of the aforesaid note, I requested the president of that State to report immediately, not only concerning the facts, but also concerning the action taken with a view to bringing the accused parties to justice.

The president confirms the report of the occurrence in question, which is deeply regretted by the Federal Government, and states that it took place during a street brawl in the vicinity of a drinking saloon and house of prostitution. The police authorities examined the injuries [Page 54] of the wounded men and took measures to discover their assailants, as they are still unknown, and it has been impossible to secure any witnesses.

Meanwhile the search is continued, and I shall hasten to bring its result to the knowledge of the minister.

I have, etc.,

Carlos de Carvalho