The Japanese Chargé to Acting Secretary of State Loomis.

Dear Mr. Loomis: I beg to acknowledge the receipt of your note under date of the 18th instant, asking me to ascertain and advise you whether the Japanese Government has any objection to granting permission to Commander A. N. Ritchagoff, executive officer of the Russian transport Lena, to return to Russia on an indefinite leave of absence for treatment at the naval hospital at Kronstadt, which treatment an American examining board finds ought to be given.

I beg leave to inform you in reply that the Imperial Government has no objection to the United States Government’s granting the desired permission.

I am, etc.,

Eki Hioki.