Mr. Olney to Sir Julian Pauncefote.

No. 243.]

Excellency: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your note of the 30th ultimo, wherein you refer to previous correspondence in relation to the restrictions upon the sale of arms and ammunition in Samoa, and ask the Government of the United States to join Great Britain and Germany in controlling the traffic in dynamite.

It gives me pleasure to say that a copy of your note will be forwarded to James H. Mulligan, esq., the consul-general of the United States at Apia, with an instruction directing him to extend the terms of his consular ordinance of August 17, 1895, to include dynamite and similar explosives. He will also be directed to join with his British and German colleagues there in exerting all proper influence to the end that the ordinance issued for the municipal district of Apia may likewise be made to embrace explosives.

I have, etc.,

Richard Olney.