Mr. Hay to Mr. Storer.
Washington , November 21, 1899 .
Your telegram of the 17th instant concerning delivery of Spanish prisoners by Filipinos had due consideration. Reports from general commanding show that real obstacle to surrender lies in the insistence of Filipinos that Spain recognize insurgent government as condition for return of prisoners. Surrender to vessel flying Spanish flag is inadmissible, being tacit recognition. Delivery of prisoners to vessel flying Geneva Red Cross flag would be entirely unobjectionable, and General Otis will be instructed to facilitate such delivery by every means in his power. It is, however, apprehended that the insurgents will refuse this.