Mr. Hubbard to Mr. Bayard.
Tokio , July 26, 1888. (Received August 20.)
Sir: Deeming the subject of sufficient moment, and certainly of painful interest to all nations who hold friendly relations with Japan, I have the honor to inclose herewith a copy of a report which has been made to me by Mr. Mansfield, secretary of this legation, who visited the scene of the recent remarkable volcanic eruption of the mountain (Bandai-san) in the province of Inawashiro, about 166 miles from this capital, Mr. Mansfield having undertaken the trip a few days after the event, by my advice and consent, at his own expense.
The Japanese Government having dispatched scientists to the scene of the eruption, it is expected that a technical report on the same will be published at no distant day, and such report, together with anything else in connection with the same subject which may be of possible interest to the Department, will be forwarded immediately on its publication.
As will be seen by the inclosed report to me, the Imperial Government has done everything in its power for the relief of its destitute people who have suffered by this calamity.
Individual subjects of the Empire, as well as subjects and citizens of foreign powers resident in this country, have added their contributions to the relief fund.
The catastrophe, involving as it did the instant death of over five hundred people, besides the wounding of others and the destruction of thousands of acres of rich, cultivated lands with growing crops, the greater part of it hereafter useless for tillage, thereby attaches to its occurrence a feeling of sympathy extending far beyond the boundaries of the Empire, on whose unfortunate subjects its consequences have fallen.
I have, etc.,