Lieutenant Commander Jefferson F. Moser to Secretary of the Navy John D. Long
July 21, 1898.
I have investigated reports concerning the Spanish privateer. Personal inquiry of agents of the principal Alaskan steamship lines and influential bankers, lawyers, merchants at Port Townsend and Seattle and have reports from commissioned officers sent incognito to British Columbia or Alaskan discredited.1 Believed to be a hoax, and it is suggested detain “Bennington” until further orders in this vicinity.
Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 80, Entry 194, vol. 1, p. 309. Addressed before opening: “Secretary of Navy,/Washington.”
Footnote 1: For further information, see: Long to RAdm. Joseph N. Miller, Commander, Pacific Station, 21 July, 1898.