File No. 342.112Sm6/16.

The British Ambassador to the Secretary of State .

No. 67.]

Sir: I have the honour to acquaint you that a representative of the Canadian Government has recently visited Washington and after discussing the matter with Congressman C. B. Smith, of Buffalo, and other gentlemen from that locality, succeeded in effecting a settlement in the matter of the Fort Erie shooting case, under which the mother of the deceased man receives the sum of ten thousand dollars, and the wounded man five thousand dollars, as compensation from the Government of Canada for injuries and loss sustained. It is understood that this arrangement is entirely satisfactory to the parties concerned, and the money has been paid over.

It only remains for me to renew the assurance of deep regret on the part of the Canadian Government at this unfortunate occurrence which I have, already expressed to you, and to say that the preliminary steps have been taken to place the men charged with the shooting upon their trial in the ordinary course of justice.

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Cecil Spring Rice.