Department of State to the Belgian Legation.


The Department of State has the honor to acknowledge receipt of the memorandum of the Belgian minister dated March 8, 1906, concerning the claim of the Belgian firm El Oriente, and has also received the minister’s note relating to the same subject, of the same date, and the three inclosures transmitted thereby.

The Department of State begs to say that a careful reexamination has been made of all the documentary evidence, including the exhibits inclosed with the Belgian minister’s notes, and regrets to inform the minister that it has been unable to perceive any reason to change the views expressed in its memorandum dated February 15, 1906; and that this Government must, therefore, decline to assume any responsibility in the premises.