Mr. Taylor to Mr. Sherman.

No. 672.]

Sir: In further reference to the Department’s No. 647, of the 18th ultimo, relative to the threatened destruction by Cuban insurgents of the property of the Ponupo Mining and Transportation Company, I have the honor to transmit herewith a copy, with translation, of a note from the Spanish minister of state in reply to mine asking for protection to the property of said company.

I am, etc.,

Hannis Taylor.
[Page 522]
[Inclosure in No. 672.—Translation]

Excellency: In addition to my note dated the 5th instant, I have the honor to inform your excellency that on the 15th instant the Governor and Captain General of the Island of Cuba reported by telegraph to my colleague, the minister of war, that the Ponupo Mining Company has been protected since the beginning of the insurrection, and that the threat of the rebel chief Cebero has been repeated during this year, but that until now he has been unable to inflict considerable harm. The Governor General adds that the manager of the company says that he regrets that a complaint has been made to the Government, because he is perfectly aware that the company’s property is protected.

While having the pleasure to communicate to your excellency such a satisfactory reply, I take the opportunity to renew, etc.,

The Duke of Tetuan.