File No. 342.112Sm6/a.

The Secretary of State to the British Ambassador.

My Dear Mr. Ambassador: We have just received the following despatch from our Vice Consul at Bridgeburg, Ontario:

Walter Smith, Buffalo N. Y., shot and killed; Charles Dorsch, Buffalo, N. Y., shot through lung by private in Canadian militia in Fort Erie this morning. These men were duck shooting and did not land when ordered.

This confirms the report given in the newspapers. Will you please bring the matter at once to the attention of your Government and secure a report on the same?

Accept [etc.]

W. J. Bryan.