File No. 15984/9–11.
Ambassador O’Brien to the Secretary of State.
Tokyo , November 4, 1908 .
Sir: Referring to my dispatch to the department, No. 465, of the 14th ultimo,1 concerning the provisional arrest of Yoshitaro Abe, and to the exchange of telegrams of October 15 and 19, respectively, between this embassy and the department on the same subject, I have the honor to report that the assurance conveyed in the last-named telegram—that the United States would reciprocate under similar circumstances in future—was at once communicated in a note to the minister for foreign affairs. A copy of this note is herewith inclosed.
On October 27 I received a telegram from the attorney general of the Territory of Hawaii asking whether Abe was under arrest, and stating that extradition papers were in the attorney general’s hands. Inquiry was at once made at the foreign office, which replied that before the order for arrest was made out it had been ascertained that Abe had fled to Dalny, but that orders for his apprehension had been [Page 514] sent to the authorities at that place. I telegraphed the attorney general in this sense.
On the following day I received a note from the foreign office, a copy of which is transmitted herewith, stating that the fugitive had been arrested on October 27 at Dalny and was there under detention. I immediately telegraphed this news to the attorney general, from whom I am to-day in receipt of a telegram stating that a deputy sheriff left Hawaii on the steamship Siberia, due to arrive in Yokohama on November 13.
This information has been communicated to the minister for foreign affairs, to whom I have expressed my appreciation of the prompt action in this matter of the Imperial Government.
I have, etc.,
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