The Acting Secretary of State to the Cuban Minister.

No. 131.]

Sir: Referring to your note of February 10 last, relative to the claim for damages made by Felipe Maza é Ibarra, based upon injuries inflicted on him by soldiers of the Army of the United States, I have the honor to say that the Department, after careful consideration of the evidence transmitted by you in support of the claim and of a report from the War Department, has reached the conclusion that the facts in this case do not afford any sufficient basis for either the payment of an indemnity or an allowance as an act of grace.

Accept, etc.,

Alvey A. Adee.