Mr. Takahira to Mr. Hay.
Washington, May 6, 1904.
My Dear Mr. Secretary: I beg to acknowledge the receipt of your note of the 5th instant with reference to the circulars sent from the consulate-general of Japan at New York to the commandant of the Mare Island Navy-Yard and transmitting copies of circulars addressed “To the Japanese serving in the. United States Navy,” in which subscriptions to Japanese bonds, and contributions to relief funds for Japanese soldiers and sailors, and in aid of the Red Cross Society of Japan are solicited.
Noting what you say concerning the undesirability of forwarding such communications through naval official channels, I shall communicate with the consul-general of Japan at New York upon the subject and give him the necessary instructions in the premises.
I am, etc.,