File No. 815.77/85.

The Commander of the U. S. S. “Petrel” to the Secretary of the Navy.


I am informed by the American Consul that the authorities will seize the railroad today. The superintendent of road refuses to give up unless he receives orders from New York. Consul requested me to protect the lives and property of American citizens. If necessary I will by force prevent seizure until I hear from the Department. Instructions from the Department are requested.