Mr. Powell to Mr. Sherman.

No. 23.]

Sir: I respectfully inform the Department, the Government of Santo Domingo, through a representative and in subsequent interviews, also the consuls of the several nations, have called at the legation and expressed their great regret at the loss our Government has sustained in the appalling accident that has occurred to the U. S. S. Maine, resulting in such loss of life. I have expressed the thanks of our Government for their sympathetic expressions.

Your obedient servant,

W. F. Powell.