The Acting Secretary of State to the Japanese Minister.

Dear Mr. Minister: I am in receipt of a note from the Russian ambassador stating that Commander Berlinski, of the Russian transport Lena, now interned at Mare Island Navy-Yard, San Francisco, Cal., has been granted a four-months leave of absence by his government on account of his health, which has become somewhat seriously impaired, and he will probably desire to proceed to some European health resort, if there be no objection offered on the part of your government.

Of course it is not competent for the United States Government to accept Commander Berlinski’s parole, save for a sojourn in territory within the jurisdiction of this government, and I should be glad to know whether the Japanese Government has any objection to granting the desired permission to Commander Berlinski.

Very sincerely, yours,

F. B. Loomis.