Mr. Clayton to Mr. Hay.

No. 2467.]

Sir:

* * * * * * *

I have the honor to inclose a copy and translation of Mr. Mariseal’s note of the 5th instant informing me that he had transmitted therewith two copies of the Diario Oficial containing Mexico’s official declaration of neutrality.

* * * * * * *

I have, etc.,

Powell Clayton.
[Inclosure.—Translation.]

Mr. Mariscal to Mr. Clayton.

Mr. Ambassador: In reply to your excellency’s note of the 3d instant requesting data concerning the neutrality proclamations issued by the Government of Mexico during the war between Russia and Japan, I have the honor to transmit herewith two copies of the Diario Oficial, wherein Mexico’s official declaration of neutrality in the Russian-Japanese conflict appears. I renew, etc.,

Igno. Mariscal.
[Subinclosure.]

Mexico’s neutrality in the Russian-Japanese conflict.

[From Diario Oficial of February 16, 1904.]

proclamation.

This department having been informed by the diplomatic representatives of Russia and Japan, accredited before the Government of Mexico, of the state of war in which both of the aforesaid countries have been since the 10th instant, [Page 26]and in consideration of all the circumstances attending the case, the President of the Republic has declared that the Mexican Government should and shall observe the strictest neutrality with regard to said conflict.

The President also ordered that the aforesaid proclamation be made known to the parties concerned, and that it be published in the Diario Oficial in order that it may be properly observed.

Mariscal.