Mr. Adee to Mr. Eddy.


(Mr. Adee informs Mr. Eddy that it is represented that the Russian naval authorities have seized, off the coast of Japan, the steamship Arabia, sailing under the German flag, chartered by the Portland and Asiatic Steamship Company, an American corporation, and laden with an American cargo of which nothing could be considered contraband of war; that the cargo consisted principally of flour, largely consigned to Hongkong; that the entire cargo was shipped by Americans and regularly consigned to commercial houses in Japan and Hongkong, and that the facts appear to be faithfully represented to the Department. Instructs him to inform the Russian Government of the above facts and that the United States Government respectfully requests and confidently expects that the vessel and her cargo be promptly released.)