Mr. Hoshí to Mr. Day.

No. 38.]

Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your note of the 15th instant, suggesting that, in view of avoiding all risk of error or mischance, due regard should be paid to the usual naval observances by neutral men-of-war which may wish to enter or to depart from any blockaded port in Cuba and in Porto Rico, as well as any other ports that are now or may hereafter be blockaded by the United States during the war with Spain.

In reply I beg to state that I have taken due note of the contents of your communication, and will not fail to notify the authorities concerned.

Accept, etc.,

Toru Hoshí.