Mr. Sherman to Baron von Thielmann.

No. 301.]

Excellency: I have the honor to apprise you of the receipt of a telegram from Mr. Julius G. Tucker, United States consul at St. Pierre, Martinique, dated, the 9th instant, reading as follows:

Captain Aim, German bark Elizabeth Ahrens, Rostock, loaded sugar Jenipa Bay, asks my protection; crew scuttled ship; leaks closed; situation unsafe proceed sea; wire authority act.

If it is the wish of your excellency’s Government that Mr. Tucker shall take action such as he indicates, it will give me pleasure to cause him to be instructed to render the captain all possible assistance and to report accordingly.

Awaiting your reply, I beg to renew, etc.,

John Sherman.