The Acting Secretary of State to the Chargé in Nicaragua ( Hanna )
88. The War Department has notified the Department that the President has authorized the dispatch to Nicaragua of a battalion of Engineer troops to make the investigation and survey for the purpose of ascertaining the practicability and the approximate cost of a canal route through Nicaragua provided for in Public Resolution No. 99 of the Seventieth Congress.
You are directed so to advise the Nicaraguan Government requesting its consent that these Engineer troops may take such stations as they may choose and conduct such operations as may be necessary to serve the purpose contemplated. Please report results by telegraph.