Mr. Adee to Mr. Dupuy de Lôme.

No. 27.]

Sir: The Department has been advised by the Solicitor of the Treasury that, on information given by J. M. Fernandez, representing the Spanish consul at Tampa, the collector of customs at Cedar Keys, Fla., has seized at a point some 20 miles from the latter port, 18 cases Remington rifles, 150 boxes cartridges, and 12 kegs (contents unknown) alleged to be intended for use in Cuba.

If you desire to have judicial proceedings instituted, it will be advisable for you to instruct the consul on whose statements the seizure was made, to make the necessary complaint under oath, which will meet with the considerate cooperation of the agents of the Departments of Justice and of the Treasury.

The collector expected to remove the arms to Cedar Keys.

Accept, etc.,

Alvey A. Adee,
Acting Secretary.