The Acting Secretary of State to the Japanese Minister.

No. 197.]

Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your note No. 20, of the 27th ultimo, requesting the use of the good offices of this government to obtain the release and exchange of the noncombatant prisoners mentioned in the three lists annexed to your note.

In reply I have the honor to inform you that copies of your note and of its inclosures have been sent to the American ambassador to Russia, with instructions to bring the matter at once to the attention of the Russian Government.

Accept, etc.,

Alvey A. Adee.