Mr. Hengelmuller to Mr. Hay.

Mr. Secretary of State: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your note of June 11, 1899, No. 277, relative to the case of the Austrian and Hungarian subjects who were killed or injured on the occasion of the strike near Lattimer, in September, 1897, of the workmen employed in the Pennsylvania coal mines, and to inform you that its contents have been brought to the notice of my Government.

As regards the statements made in said note, it only remains for the Imperial and Royal Government to express its regret that the negotiations held in this matter have not resulted in a compromise between the standpoint taken by it and that taken by the Federal Government, and that the latter has not accepted our proposition to refer the existing difference to a court of arbitration for decision.

I avail myself, etc.,