Mr. Hart to Mr. Hay .

No. 119.]

Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your telegram of November 1, which I translate as follows:

Proceed with demand Star and Herald claim. This Government imperatively insists on prompt payment.

Hill.

Owing to the disturbed condition of affairs, as reported in my No. 120 of this date, it has not been practicable to do business with the Government. I expect to have an interview with the minister for foreign affairs this afternoon, when of course the matter will be brought to a head and the Department will be at once advised by cable.

I am, etc.,

Chas. Burdett Hart.