The President to Mr. Conger, via Consul Fowler.

The whole American people rejoice over the safety of your companions of our own and the other nations who have shared your perils and privations, the fortitude and courage which you have all maintained, and the heroism of your little band of defenders.

We all mourn for those who have fallen and acknowledge the goodness of God which has preserved you and guided the brave army that set you free.

William McKinley.