Mr. Hay to Mr. Russell.

No. 117.]

Sir: You will inform the Venezuelan Government that the President has named—

General Henry H. Duffield, a distinguished lawyer of Detroit, Mich., and one of the most prominent men in the west, to act as [Page 865] umpire on the German-Venezuelan claims commission to sit at Caracas on June 1 next; and
Mr. Jackson H. Ralston, who appeared for the United States as its agent in the Pious Fund case before The Hague Tribunal, as umpire on the Italian-Venezuelan claims commission, to sit at Caracas on the same day.

I am, etc.,

John Hay.