The Acting Secretary of State to the Chinese Minister.

No. 65.]

Sir: Referring to your note, No. 50, of January 4 last, regarding the case of Ho Choy Yeen, a comprador of the British steamship Kansu, alleged to have been drowned through the fault of some sailors of the U. S. S. Helena at Canton, I have the honor to inform you that while, as stated in the Department’s note of January 20, no case has been made out against any member of the Helena’s crew, still, as an act of friendly good will to China and in view of your statement of the case, the Department has paid to the widow of the unfortunate man, through the American consul-general at Canton, the sum of $1,500.

Accept, etc.,

Francis B. Loomis.