Minister Furniss to the Secretary of State.

No. 115.]

Sir: In further reference to my No. 105 of October 4, 1906, I have to inform the department that I have to-day been notified by Secretary Sannon that orders have been given to release the goods of Mr. Boutros from the custom-house without the payment of further duties.

As this is agreeable to my contention, the incident may be considered as closed.

I inclose herewith the subsequent correspondence on the subject.

I have, etc.,

H. W. Furniss.
[Inclosure 1.—Translation.]

The Secretary of Foreign Relations to Minister Furniss.

Mr. Minister: Referring to your preceding communications, as well as to the different interviews that we have had relative to the N. Boutros affair, in the course of said interviews you have given me the formal assurance that if a solution from your point of view was given to the Boutros claim you would consider the affair as definitely settled, I have the honor to inform you that the council of the secretaries of state, wishing to again show our desire to maintain, by binding them, the excellent relations that exist between our two countries, has decided, after a most careful examination of the question, to regulate the matter according to your request.

My colleague of the department of finance has therefore been authorized to do what is necessary.

Please accept, etc.,

H. Pauléus Sannon.
[Inclosure 2.]

Minister Furniss to the Secretary of Foreign Relations.

No. 94.]

Sir: I am in receipt of your note of yesterday’s date and take this occasion to thank you for your efforts in bringing about an amicable settlement of the Boutros case.

Please accept, Mr. Secretary, the assurances of my distinguished consideration.

H. W. Furniss, American Minister.