Mr. Loomis to Mr. Choate.


(Mr. Loomis states that Mr. Griscom reports that the crew of the Knight Commander testify that the vessel was sunk for want of coal to proceed to Vladivostok, and that the United States Government considers that the sinking of the vessel was not justified by the bare fact that there was contraband of war aboard. Cites as authorities Note to Dana’s Wheaton, eighth edition, page 485, and Hall, Twiss, and Lawrence.)