File No. 312.51/104.

The Secretary of State to the French Ambassador.

No. 1438.]

Excellency: In regard to the seizure of the French Boleo Company’s steamer, Komgan II, in Mexico, I have the honor to inform you that I am advised by the Secretary of the Navy that the Commander in Chief of the Pacific Fleet reported on January 15 that he had received from the American Consulate at Mazatlan a report reading as follows:

General Iturbide states that the Government has detained the steamer because of need of her services. Steamer will probably be called to Mazatlan from Topolobampo, where she now is, and the General gives assurances that the steamer will be returned when her services are no longer needed.

Admiral Howard expressed the opinion that General Iturbide was holding the steamer for use in making his escape from Mexico, in case of need.

Accept [etc.].

W. J. Bryan.