Mr. Sickles to Mr. Hay.

No. 46.]

Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge receipt to-day of cipher telegram signed “Adee, Acting,” reading when deciphered as follows:

Your dispatch No. 37 received. Rafael Joya is deemed to come under article 6, treaty of peace. If his identity be verified, claim his return to island of Cuba. Watch carefully and verify any similar instances.

In reply I beg to state that by order of the Spanish Government Rafael Joya, together with his three fellow-prisoners at Burgos, started yesterday for Cadiz, and will embark at this port on the 10th instant bound for the island of Cuba.

I have, etc.,

Stanton Sickles, Chargé.