Mr. Hay to Mr. Merry.


Lane reports harsh proceedings Bluefields. Martial law declared. Demands made upon merchants to pay dues again. Consul summoned to give political testimony. Consul at Port Limon reports Clancy refused permission to telegraph. In view of this situation Detroit is ordered to Bluefields to watch events and report promptly, advising you and the Department by telegraph. You will ask that official telegrams of consul and commander be not interfered with.