Mr. Sampson to Mr. Hay.
Quito , January 16, 1899 .
Sir: Since my last the revolution has assumed threatening proportions.
On the night of the 12th the army dug trenches and threw up barricades on all streets leading to the palace. Business was entirely suspended on the 13th and 14th, and a battle was expected hourly.
At 5 o’clock the minister of foreign relations came to inquire of me if the unexpected should happen and the Government should be defeated, would I give asylum to the Vice-President (acting President in the absence of President Alfaro in Guayaquil) and all the members of the cabinet with their families, and the chiefs of the army. On receiving assurances that I would, he returned thanks in the name of the Government and that of the individuals interested, saying they had full confidence in “the stars and stripes” of the United States.
Latest: Reports now indicate that the rebels have retreated, being afraid to make an attack.
Official and commercial business continues suspended.
I have, etc.,