SeƱor Carbo to Mr. Day.

[Translation.]

Mr. Secretary: I have the honor to reply to your esteemed official communication, dated the 15th instant, in which you are pleased to state the desirability that neutral vessels of war, wishing to enter or leave ports now blockaded by the United States, or which may be hereafter blockaded, during the existing war with Spain, shall observe the naval rules established by usage and courtesy, to the end of avoiding any mischance. I am further advised of the particular precautions which neutral vessels of war should take in the port of Habana in order, to avoid their being taken for the enemy, by error, in the dusk or in bad weather.

While by the next steamer I shall communicate to my Government these suggestions, I beg you to accept, Mr. Secretary of State, the assurance of my highest consideration.

L. F. Carbo.