Mr. Buck to Mr. Hay.
Tokyo, Japan, December 9, 1901.
Sir: I have the honor to inclose a copy of a communication from the minister for foreign affairs in response to the note, a copy of which accompanied my dispatch of the 26th ultimo, on the subject of the steps taken by the Japanese navy to assist the transport Hancock.
In acknowledging the expressions of thanks for the sending of vessels to the Hancock’s assistance, the minister for foreign affairs’ note is to the effect that the minister of the navy, while appreciating the quartermaster’s desire to reimburse the expenses involved, states that the expenses for the vessels are not expected to be refunded.
The quartermaster has been informed accordingly.
I have, etc.,