Mr. Hay to Mr. McCormick.

No. 92.]

Sir: I inclose copy of a note from the Japanese minister at this capital indicating the course which, he states, the Russian Government has agreed to follow in the matter of communicating information to you concerning such Japanese prisoners of war as may fall into their hands.

You will bring the matter to the attention of the Russian foreign office, and ask that the regular communication agreed upon may be made to you without your making request therefor in each case.

You will communicate the information received to the Japanese minister at Berlin.

I am, etc.,

John Hay.

Mr. Takahira to Mr. Hay.

No. 19.]

Sir: I have the honor to inform you, under instructions from His Imperial Majesty’s minister for foreign affairs, that the French minister at Tokio addressed him a note on the 16th instant requesting the Imperial Government to send him regularly a list of the Russian prisoners of war who may fall into the hands of the Japanese army, and in case of the death of such prisoners to inform the French legation or consulate of the fact, together with their names in full, rank and age, as well as the body of troops to which they may be found to belong. Baron Komura further desires me to say that he replied to the French minister expressing the willingness of the Imperial Government to furnish him the desired information every ten days, so far as practicable, provided the Russian Government would give to the United States embassy or consulate in Russia the similar information concerning Japanese prisoners, and that the French minister thereupon informed the Baron that the Russian Government had declared their willingness to give the United States embassy every useful information concerning Japanese prisoners as requested.

In view of the above fact, I am also instructed to request that the United States Government will be good enough to instruct their ambassador at St. Petersburg to approach the Russian Government in order to obtain their promise to furnish him the required information every ten days without awaiting his request each time, and also to forward the information thus obtained to the Japanese minister at Berlin, to the end that the same may be transmitted to Japan by the latter.

I avail, etc.,

K. Takahira.