Mr. Jackson to Mr. Hay.

No. 83. Roumanian series.]

Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of a copy of the President’s proclamation of neutrality in the war between Russia and Japan, dated the 11th ultimo.

In the official Roumanian gazette (Monitorul Oficial), No. 262, a proclamation dated February 18 (March 2), 1904, is published, of which the following is a translation:

The Government of His Majesty the King of Roumania proclaims generally that it will observe most strict neutrality during the war between Russia and Japan.

The Government of His Majesty the King especially reminds all Roumanians on this occasion that, in conformity with the preceding declaration, they should abstain from any action which may be considered as hostile towards either of the belligerent States, and that it is expressly forbidden by law to enlist in their armies, in no matter what capacity, or to contribute to the arming or equipment of any vessel of war.

I have, etc.,

John B. Jackson.