Mr. McCormick to Mr. Hay.

No. 134.]

Sir: With reference to the Department’s cable instruction of yesterday requesting that I telegraph the full names of certain Japanese officers and men captured May 2 and 3, while taking part in the Port Arthur blockading party, and also of those taken prisoners when the Kinshu Maru was sunk, I have the honor to state that I had already asked the ministry for foreign affairs to furnish me with the full names of these officers and all of their fellow-prisoners, and that His Excellency Count Lamsdorff had already caused a telegram to be sent to Admiral Alexieff requesting that these names be telegraphed as soon as possible, and I hope to receive them within a day or two.

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I have, etc.,

Robert S. McCormick.