The Argentine Chargé to the Acting Secretary of State.

Mr. Acting Secretary of State:

With the deepest sorrow I received your excellency’s communication under date of to-day, informing me of the sad death of His Excellency the Hon. John Hay, which occurred this morning.

The unexpected death of so eminent a citizen produced a profound impression on the Government and people of the Argentine Republic.

In obedience to telegraphic instructions which I have just received, and in the absence from this city of Minister Portela, I beg of your excellency to be pleased to transmit to President Roosevelt the most heartfelt condolences of President Quintana and of the Argentine people at the irreparable loss which places the American Government and people in mourning.

I reiterate to your excellency the assurances, etc.

Carlos E. Zavalia.