File No. 2540/125.

Minister Fox to the Secretary of State.

No. 297.]

Sir: I have the honor to confirm the following cablegram sent to the department to-day:1

The occasion was a memorable one. After the ceremonies President Alfaro invited the members of the cabinet, the diplomatic corps, and other distinguished people to luncheon.

The speeches were made by Mr. Pinto Aguirre, the minister of Chile; Mr. Harman, president of the Guayaquil & Quito Railway Co., and myself.

The official celebration of the inauguration of the railway will commence on the 24th instant and continue for several days.

On the 28th instant Mrs. Fox and I will give a reception, to which we have issued 500 invitations.

I have, etc.,

Williams C. Fox.
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