Mr. Finch to Mr. Hay.

No. 444.]

Sir: I inclose herewith copy and translation of an editorial which was printed in the Montevideo Daily Nation, the official paper of Uruguay, dated June 4, 1901. The article refers to me.


William R. Finch.

the minister of north america.

Mr. William Finch, the envoy extraordinary and minister plenipotentiary of the United States of North America, paid a visit yesterday to Mr. Eduardo MacEachen, the minister of government.

After a few moments Mr. MacEachen accompanied the esteemed diplomat to the office of the minister of foreign affairs, where they remained more than half an hour in pleasant conversation.

Mr. Finch is a good friend of our country and loses no opportunity of demonstrating it. The proof of it is in the words expressed by him, when he presented Rear-Admiral Cromwell to His Excellency the President of the Republic, three or four days ago.

When the Chief Magistrate offered a glass of champagne to the distinguished visitors after saluting the rear-admiral, Mr. Finch in his turn toasted to the prosperity of the Republic, saying that during the three years he has held his high office he had always found in the President an excellent friend of the United States.

The President answered saying that the North American minister, Mr. Finch, had won all the sympathies of the citizens and Government of the Republic by the correctness of his proceedings and the worthy manner with which he represents his country.