Mr. Hardy to Mr. Hay.

No. 205.]

Sir: Referring to my No. 188, of February 5 last, reporting the case of Jorge Grau y Ortegueira, and asking whether, under the circumstances stated, he was entitled to protection as a citizen of Porto Rico, I have the honor to inform you that the certificate of nationality issued to him by the consul at Cadiz having been disregarded by the Spanish authorities at that place and the said Jorge Grau having been cited to appear for military duty, I was obliged to act without waiting for the Department’s views. My protest to the under secretary of state was promptly accepted, telegraphic orders to annul the citation and respect the consul’s certificate were at once issued, and the incident satisfactorily closed.

I have, etc.,

Arthur S. Hardy.