Mr. Loomis to Mr. Griscom.
Washington, December 31, 1903.
Sir: I inclose herewith a copy of a dispatch and of its inclosures from the American vice-consul at Tamsui on the subject of the wreck of the American ship Benjamin Sew all and the killing of several members of her crew by the savages of Botel Tobago.
In the letter dated November 17 last from the chief of civil administration, Formosan government, to the vice-consul at Tamsui, it is stated that the government has “efficiently and strictly censured the savages and will warn them not to repeat such misconduct again in future.”
You will bring the matter to the attention of the Japanese Government and suggest to it that something more impressive than censure may suggest itself to the mind of that Government, which, it is not doubted, is earnestly desirous to fulfill all its international duties in regard to the protection of mariners shipwrecked on its coasts.
I am, etc.,
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