Mr. Gana to Mr. Sherman.

Mr. Secretary: The Government and people of Chile sincerely take part in the sentiments of profound grief which have been aroused in [Page 1052] the Government and people of the United States oy the news of the tragic and calamitous destruction of the war vessel Maine and by the loss of so many valuable lives.

In having the honor to convey to your excellency the expression of the sympathy felt by my Government, I beg to be allowed respectfully to add that of my own, and to subscribe myself your excellency’s faithful and obedient servant,

Domingo Gana.