The French Chargé d’Affaires to the Secretary of State.

Mr. Secretary of State: The chamber of commerce of Paris, in a letter, copy of which is herewith inclosed, has drawn the attention of the minister of commerce to the perils to which vessels are exposed by the dormant mines scattered over the open seas of the Far East. That corporation further points to the interest there would be in effecting, according to the views of The Hague conference, an international agreement to prevent the recurrence of so serious a danger.

I should be thankful if you could let me know how a motion to that effect, if made, would be received by the Federal Government.

Be pleased to accept, etc.,

Des Portes.