Mr. Hay to Mr. Sickles.

No. 65.]

Sir: I have received with gratification your No. 52, of the 14th instant, announcing that a royal order has been issued directing the release of all Cubans and Filipinos confined in Spanish prisons on the ground of complicity in the insurrection in Cuba and the Philippines.

Referring to the Department’s Nos. 44 and 59, of the 3d and 22d instant, respectively, relating to the prisoners already released, you will continue your efforts to identify them and to secure for them in deserving cases the benefits of article 6 of the treaty of peace.

I am, etc.,

John Hay.