Mr. Sternburg to Mr. Day.

Mr. Secretary: Acting under instructions of his Government I am directed by his excellency the German ambassador to inquire whether your Government are disposed to concur in the recommendation of the Imperial German Government that all the chiefs living in exile with Mataafa should not be permitted to return to Samoa on condition of their signing a similar protocol to that to be signed by Mataafa regarding their loyalty toward the Samoan government.

Sir Julian Pauncefote informed me that he would telegraph to his Government as soon as an agreement had been reached on this question between the Government of the United States and the Imperial German Government.

I avail myself, etc.,

H. S. Sternburg.