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United States Department of State / Index to the executive documents of the House of Representatives for the second session of the fiftieth Congress, 1888-'90
(1888-1889)

Chili [Chile],   pp. 172-198 PDF (10.6 MB)


Page 196


196                    FOREIGN RELATIONS.
                              No. 140.
                     Mr. Seibert to Mr. Bayard
No. 201.]                 LEGATION OF THE UNITED STATES,
                    Santiago, July 17, 1888. (Received August 25.)
  SIR: Since my last dispatch on the delays and irregularity of the
mails from the United States, instructions Nos. 84, 85, and 86 from the
State Department have been received. As each of these came by a dif-
ferent route, I will give the dates of receipt, etc., as a matter of informa-
tion. No. 84, dated April 17, arrived at Buenos Ayres on May *.)9, as
indicited by the post-office stamp on the envelope. On May 30 it was
restamped for transmission, overland, to Chili, arriving at Los Andes,
on this side of the mountains, on June 30, and the following day, July
1, at Santiago, seventy-five days after being mailed at Washington.
Several other letters and a few newspapers were also received on that
day. As instructions Nos. 81, 82, and 83 are wanting, as nearly all
newspapers between the dates of April 7 and 27, it is supposed these are
detained in the mountains, as it is known here that a number of mail
bags with correspondence from the United States are snowed in and
will arrive when the pass is again open.
  No. 85, dated May 5, coming, as it appeared by the post-mark, by way
of 3San Francisco, Cal., was received on July 5 (sixty-one (lays).
   No. 86, dated May 10, via England, arrived here on the 15th instant
 (,sixty-six days).
   As the Panama route was known to be open in New York on June 1,
as we are informed by a gentleman who left that city on the day men-
tioned, and arrived here the first week of this month, it is hoped that
the mails for Chili have ere this been forwarded via Panama, as MinT
ister Roberts, in his dispatch, No. 188, dated March 31, requested the
mails to be sent via England only "1as long as the Panama route was
closed."
   It, may be interesting to the Department to know the fate of five bags
of correspondence which left Valparaiso for Central and North America,
on January 29, 1887,just at the breaking out of cholera in Santiago, and
did not reach their destination.
   From the 7' Consular correspondence" published in the Diario Oficial
 of the 12th instant (eighteen months after the occurrence) it appears
 that the authorities at Panama declined to receive the lmail bags and
 that the steamer Cordelia took them to Acajutla, Salvador; there the
 postmaster, after being unsuccessful to havethem re-embarked upon one
 of the Pacific mail steamers, carefully and solemnly "buried them in
the
 bottom of the sea, and in the presence of many witnesses."
   The referred to article is inclosed herewith. It will be renmembered
 that dispatches Nos. 118 and 119, January 27 and 28, 1887, as several
 other letters from this legation. were amongst the correspondence thus
 -destroyed.
       I have, etc.,C. M. SEIBERT,
                                      Charge d'Affaires ad interim.
           [Inclosure in No. 201.-Extract from the Diario Oficial of July
12, 1888.]
                                                SATNTIAGO, Jily J.1, 1888.
  The port of Panama being closedl to vessel1s fr-om Chili, on account of
the epidemic
  (cholera) which prevailed in that couutry during the ea~rly part of the
year 1887, the


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