Mr. Thompson to Mr. Hay.
Petropolis, January 4, 1904.
Sir: I have to report that upon receipt of a letter from Consul Furniss, at Bahia, under date of May 16, 1903 (copy inclosed), informing me of the use by a Brazilian line of sailing vessels of a house flag very much resembling one of the forms of our national ensign, I brought the matter to the attention of the foreign office in an unofficial note of May 25, 1903 (copy inclosed), informing Mr. Furniss of the steps taken in a letter dated May 26, 1903 (copy inclosed). Receiving no answer from the foreign office, I again wrote to Baron Rio Branco under date of September 9, 1903 (copy of letter inclosed), receiving an acknowledgment of the receipt of this note and of my previous one, under date of September 30, 1903 (copy and translation inclosed).
Although I have received no further communication from the foreign office, I learn through the official paper that the minister of justice has now taken the necessary measures to prevent the further use of the flag resembling our national ensign by the line of vessels referred to.
I have, etc.,