Mr. White to Mr. Hay.


(Mr. White reports that he is informed by Lord Lansdowne that, at the request of the Russian and Japanese Governments a gunboat has been sent to the region of the Commander Islands for the protection of seals. All British vessels encountered poaching will be seized, and all Japanese vessels similarly engaged will be reported. No action is contemplated against American vessels found so engaged, but hope is expressed that the United States Government will be in sympathy with the above action.)