Mr. Taylor to Mr. Sherman.

No. 662.]

Sir: In further reply to Department’s, No. 647, relative to the threatened destruction by Cuban insurgents of the railway property owned by the Ponupo Mining and Transportation Company, I have the honor to inclose herewith a copy, with translation, of a note from the Spanish minister of state informing me that the minister of war will issue orders for the protection of said company’s property.

I am, etc.,

Hannis Taylor.
[Inclosure in No. 662.—Translation.]

The Duke of Tetuan to Mr. Taylor

Excellency: In due time I had the honor to receive your kind note of the 18th ultimo informing me of the demand for protection addressed to the Government of the United States by the Ponupo Mining and Transportation Company of the Island of Cuba on account of the threats made in writing by the rebel chief, A. Cebero, against the railway line between Sabanilla and Maroto.

I have communicated said request to my colleague, the minister of war, who will promptly issue the necessary orders for the due protection of the line in question from any harm from the part of the insurgents, and I have no doubt that the measures to be taken by our military authorities, cooperating with those which the Government of your excellency will surely take against the agents of the rebel chief in the United States, we will succeed in frustrating any hostile intention which may have been conceived by said chief for the purpose of obtaining a forcible subsidy from the worthy American company.

I avail myself, etc,

The Duke of Tetuan.