Mr. Hay to the Duke de Arcos.

No. 69.]

Sir: I have the honor to advise you that the Secretary of War has received a telegram, dated the 17th instant, from General Otis, stating that the Alicante with 88 Spanish officers and 1,039 enlisted men, released prisoners, sailed for Spain on the 13th instant; that 1,500 are still at Manila awaiting shipment, and that probably 700 will be released in the south.

Accept, etc.

John Hay.