Mr. Wilson to Mr. Hay .
Santiago , June 26, 1899 .
Sir. I have the honor to confirm my telegram of June 12, 1899, as follows:
Newark driven by terrific gales into Port Low, Guaytecas Island, latitude 42° 45ʹ. Coal supply exhausted, but is believed both vessel and crew perfectly safe and no damage done. Chilean Government has just dispatched relief ships with coal and supplies. No telegraphic communications with the island.
Learning from the press reports that the Government was possibly concerned about the fate of the Newark, I took steps to obtain information as to the whereabouts of the cruiser, and upon the date of my telegram I received the first information, through unofficial sources. I immediately communicated to you by telegraph such information as I was able to obtain. As reported in my telegram, the Government of Chile promptly and cheerfully accorded the Newark every facility for the continuation of her voyage. I received no official communication from the Chilean Government relative to the action which it had taken until this date, when I received a note from the minister of marine, Señor Don Carlos Concha (copy and translation of which I inclose). Although somewhat in violation of precedent, I have thought it best to reply directly to the note of the minister, expressing my appreciation, as representative of the Government of the United States, of the services rendered. I inclose herewith a copy of the note referred to. I am just informed that the Newark has arrived in Valparaiso Harbor and is apparently in condition to proceed upon her voyage.
I have, etc.,