Minister Combs to the Secretary of State.

No. 381.]

Sir: I have the honor to forward a copy of a telegram from Kensett Champney & Co., complaining of the unlawful drafting of their colonists for government use.

I made immediate representations to Mr. Barrios, with a resulting promise that the grounds for complaint should not recur.

I inclose copy of Mr. Barrios’s note to that effect.

I have, etc.,

Leslie Combs.
[Inclosure 1.—Telegram.]

Kensett Champney & Co. to Minister Combs.

Besides the colonists that they have already taken away from us for the work on the Northern Railroad, they continue demanding others.

Kensett Champney & Co.
[Inclosure 2.—Memorandum.]

The Minister of Foreign Affairs to Minister Combs.

The secretary of state and of the department for foreign affairs of the republic of Guatemala has the honor to salute his excellency Mr. Minister Plenipotentiary of the United States of America and returns the telegrams of Messrs. Kensett Champney & Co., which to-day he has transcribed to the minister of public works, begging him that they be no further molested in the matter of laborers.

Juan Barrios M. avails himself of this opportunity to renew to Mr. Combs, etc.