Mr. McCormick to Mr. Hay.

No. 119.]

Sir: With reference to Department’s telegraphic instruction of April 4, I have the honor to inform you that I am this day officially informed of the release of Messrs. Washburn and Little, correspondents of the Chicago Daily News. I have also to inform you that the Russian Government takes the position that it would have been fully justified in retaining these correspondents as prisoners of war in their capacity as correspondents attached to the army of the enemy.

I have, etc.,

Robert S. McCormick.