Mr. Sampson to Mr. Hay.
Quito, March 15, 1899.
Sir: The attached inclosures, 1, 2, and 3, are largely self-explanatory.
No. 1 is copy of letter received from two American Protestant missionaries in Quito.
Immediately on receipt of it I wrote a letter to this Government, accompanying it by a translation into Spanish. Otherwise its contents might not be known by officials for two or three days, until the translator got ready to translate it. I then delivered it in person, to see its effect, which was most salutary and effective. I was then given positive assurances, orally, by the minister of foreign affairs (and Vice-President and Acting President Cueva, who happened to be present) that prompt and active steps should be taken for the protection of American missionaries and the punishment of offenders.
This personal assurance was followed by a very satisfactory official answer. (See inclosure 3.) Unofficially I have learned that soldiers were detailed to go to the cathedral and other churches to hear if any more denunciation of Protestant missionaries should be indulged in, while police were sent to protect their homes. They have suffered no further molestation. Nine arrests have been made and the offenders are in jail awaiting trial.
Missionaries in China or Turkey were never in more imminent peril. Prompt, decisive action of the Government is all that averted a killing of the missionaries here—nine in all.
I have, etc.,