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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.
[Inclosure.]

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.