Mr. Hay to Mr. McCormick.

No. 138.]

Sir: Referring to the Department’s telegram of July 27 last, and its No. 134 of July 29 last, relative to the United States military [Page 758] stores on the Ardova, I inclose copy of a telegram from the United States consular agency at Alexandria, Egypt, reporting that the captain of the vessel had stated that the letter in his charge, addressed to the United States quartermaster-general at Manila, had been taken from him along with the ship’s papers.

I am, etc.,

John Hay.

Mr. Morgan to Mr. Hay.

Consular agent, Suez, reports Captain Smith, of Ardova, informs him letter in Smith’s charge for quartermaster-general United States stores, Manila, taken from him, together with all ship’s papers, by commander of Smolensk.