The Ecuadoran Minister ( Alfaro ) to the Secretary of State

No. 27

Mr. Secretary: I have the honor to request Your Excellency to be so good as to take the appropriate steps to the end that the head of the proper Department deem fit to grant its authorization and permission for two officers of the United States Navy to render their services at the new Naval School of Ecuador as instructors in that arm.

In the Navy Department they have been so good as to indicate to me, among other officers, Commander James Coe van de Carr and Lieutenant Commander Carl Erling Hoard, who might be the persons with whom my country would make a contract for the purpose indicated, provided, of course, that the competent superior authority should approve.

I shall be grateful to Your Excellency if you will be so kind as to communicate to me the decision which the appropriate authorities of the Government of the United States may have reached regarding this request.

I avail myself [etc.]

C. E. Alfaro