Mr. Olney to Mr. Dupuy de Lôme.

No. 32.]

Sir: This Department is in receipt from the Treasury Department of a copy of a letter from the United States district attorney for Florida, in which he states that the trial of the case against the persons charged with storing the munitions of war in the places where they were seized, near Cedar Keys, resulted in the discharge of the defendants, owing to the absence of evidence to show that any military expedition had been formed, or that if formed its destination was Cuba.

The attorney adds that the libel case against the arms would, if brought to trial, fail for the same reason, and suggests that your consular officers in Florida, if possible, furnish further evidence.

Accept, etc.,

Richard Olney.