File No. 825.731/1.

The Secretary of State to Ambassador Fletcher.

No. 217.]

Sir: The Department has received your No. 574 of January 11, in regard to the Chilean Government’s decree of December 30, which orders the destruction of all telegraphic, radiotelegraphic and telephonic apparatus the installation of which has not been officially authorized, and forbids all telegraph, radiotelegraph and telephone companies to transmit cipher or code messages, except for diplomats and banks whose codes shall have been deposited with the Director General of Telegraphs.

The Department approves your action in making repeated representations with a view to having the decree modified, which you state have resulted in the Government’s deciding to exempt consular messages, and may also lead to the exception of communications from and to neutral countries.

I am [etc.]

W. J. Bryan.