The Secretary of State to Minister Squiers.

No. 548.]

Sir: I have to acknowledge the receipt of Mr. Sleeper’s No. 1343,of the 23d ultimo, in regard to the besmirching of the door and escutcheon of the consulate at Cienfuegos.

The Department’s telegram of the 21st ultimo has made known to the legation the Department’s appreciation of the good will of the Cuban Government in this matter, as exhibited in both oral and written communications by the Cuban minister here. The sentiments of sincere regret and reprobation contained in Mr. O’Farrill’s note of September 20 to Mr. Sleeper give additional gratification to the Department, which does not doubt that every effort will be put forth to apprehend and punish the guilty parties and to prevent a recurrence of the offense.

I am, etc.,

Elihu Root.