Mr. Olney to Sir Julian Pauncefote.
Washington , May 2, 1896 .
Excellency: Referring to that part of your note of the 19th of March last, which relates to the affidavit of I. A. Gould to the effect that a United States revenue cutter last year failed to seize two American sealing schooners which were within the prohibited zone of the Pribilof Islands, I have the honor to state that the Department has received a letter from Acting Secretary of the Treasury, in which he says that the American officers in charge of the patrolling vessels were furnished with a copy of this statement, and reports have been received from each of them denying specifically the charge in question.
I have, etc.,