File No. 367.114M69/158.

The American Ambassador to the Secretary of State.

No. 245.]

Sir: In continuation of my despatch No. 243, of today’s date, regarding the trial of the captain of the steamship Texas sunk in Smyrna harbor in April last, I have the honor to transmit herewith copies of two despatches4 just received by the Embassy from the Consulate General at Smyrna.

W. W. Rockhill.

The American Consul General at Smyrna to the American Ambassador.

No. 46.]

Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your open telegram of this morning5 and to inform you that I have immediately sent in a vigorous protest to the local government against the arbitrary and illegal manner in [Page 1327] which it is acting in the matter of the captain of the Texas, in bringing him to trial on accusations touching the sinking of a ship flying the American flag. I have assured the Governor General that the responsible parties will be called to account for all violations of the provisions of international law and the Capitulations.

I have [etc.]

George Horton.
  1. One of these is the inclosure with Mr. Horton’s No. 45 of July 9, supra.
  2. Refers to inclosure 2 with Mr. Rockhill’s despatch of July 12, No. 243 sent July 9 and received on the 10th.