File No. 815.77/148.

The American Chargé d’Affaires to the Secretary of State.


I have learned that about the middle of last July the President informed Mr. Valentine by cable that Mr. Greely would be permitted to collect wharfage pending final settlement, provided the wharf be sold to the Government, as it did not want to construct a new wharf. No reply was received for fifteen days and the Government proceeded, in accordance with decree No. 30 of the 10th ultimo, to construct a new wharf. Travelers from the north have advised him that work on the new wharf has already begun.