Mr. Griscom to Mr. Hay.
Tokyo, December 31, 1903.
Sir: I have the honor to refer to the report of the American vice-consul at Daitotei to the Department of the 23d November, in relation to the wreck of the American ship Benjamin Sewall off the Formosan coast and to the cruelty of the natives to members of the crew who reached Botel Tobago Island.
In view of the statement of our consul that he deemed the “censure” of the Formosan government to be inadequate to prevent future outrages of a similar nature, I addressed to the minister for foreign affairs a note, a copy of which is inclosed herewith, with a view to bringing about a thorough investigation of the incident by the Japanese Government and the punishment of the offenders.
A copy of the minister’s reply, informing me that an investigation will be made, is also inclosed herewith.
I have, etc.,