Mr. Griscom to Mr. Hay.
Tokyo, March 14, 1904.
Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of the Department’s instructions, No. 37, of February 4, approving my note to the Japanese foreign office, dated December 17, 1903, on the subject of the wreck of the American ship Benjamin Sewall and the killing of several members of her crew by the savages of Botel Tobago.
In the same connection I beg to inclose herewith copy of a note from the minister of foreign affairs of date March 2, informing me in detail of the drastic measures taken to punish the offenders, as a result of his correspondence on the subject with the Formosan government. The minister expresses his extreme regret that the native tribes in question should have behaved so revoltingly and cruelly toward the shipwrecked Americans, and the hope that my Government will be satisfied with what the Japanese authorities have done in the matter.
I have, etc.,