Mr. Thompson to Mr. Gresham.
Petropolis, January 24, 1895. (Received Feb. 23.)
Sir: Referring to my No. 326 of December 23, 1894, reporting that three sailors from the American schooner Isaiah K. Stetson had been assaulted by soldiers at Santa Catharina, I have to transmit an account of the occurrence forwarded by Consular Agent Grant.
It appears from Mr. Grant’s report that the men assaulted were Nils Johnson, Ingvald Ramstad, Charles Jonson, and Fred Jensen, regularly shipped seamen but not American citizens; that two died from the result of their wounds; that they were on shore contrary to the master’s orders, and that the perpetrators of the crime have been apprehended and will be brought to trial.
The minister for foreign affairs expresses regret at the occurrence; states that from the information he has received the crime was committed during a general street row, in a low part of the city, and that efforts are being made to apprehend the culprits.
I will send you as soon as received a report on the origin of the occurrence, which I have asked the consul to make, but will take no further action until instructed, for apparently every effort is being made to have the affair speedily adjusted.
I have, etc.,