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morning. I went to the consulate on Tuesday morning, November 3, at about 8 o'clock, and waited until about 11 o'clock, when I saw the consul.

One of my shipmates, Bernard Flanigan, had gone to jail to inquire if I was in prison, but they told him I was not there. I then stated to the consul what had happened to me, and after hearing me he sent me on boarıl Keweenaw. My health is better now and I have been doing a little work on ship board since yesterday. I may mention that my shipmate Andrew McKinstry was also arrested by the police and taken to jail. He saw me in prison on Monday, and we were made to do work, grinding corn and sweeping the streets. I have nothing further to state. (SEAL.]

PATRICK (his x mark) SHIELDS.

CONSULATE OF THE UNITED STATES,

Valparaiso, November 18, 1891. I hereby certify the foregoing to be a true and faithful copy of the original declaration filed in this consulate and taken by me at the request of William B. McCreery, esq., United States consul at this port.

Given under my hand and the consular seal the day and year aforesaid. (SEAL.]

AUGUST MOLLER, JR.,

United States Vice-Consul.

(Inclosure 4 in No. 237.]

Declaration under oath of Charles A. Vhecler.

REPUBLIC Or CHILE,

Province of Valparaiso: Charles A. Wheeler, being duly sworn, deposes that he is mato of the steamship Kereenaw, of the merchant marine of the United States, and that he is acquainted with Patrick Shields, a tireman in the service of said steamship; that the said Shields was given liberty to go on shore at Valparaiso on or about the 24th day of October last past, and that he returncil to the steamship about ten days subsequently in a bruised and injured condition, and that he reported that he had been arrested and confined in the prison at Valparaiso during his absence from the ship, and that the injuries he lad receiveil were from the hands of the police of Valparaiso, and that he had been beaten and struck on the back of the head, back of the neck, and on the back by policemen on the streets of Valparaiso and while in prison, and that he was seriously and dangerously injured; that subsequently two men visited the steamship and stated that they were sent by the court of crimes to take the testi. mony of the said Patrick Shields in relation to the injuries he claimed to havo received, and that Shields was sent for and informed of the object of their visit; when he was questioned by one of the parties in relation to the case, but refused to be sworn or to sign any statement unless the same should be made in the presence of the United States consul. Afterwards the person who had asked the questions to Shields read to him what purported to be what had said and requested Shields to sign the same. Shields replied that what he had read to him was incorrect and entirely wrong and that he would not be sworn nor would he sign any paper or writing except in the presence of the United States consul. Further saith not.

C. A. WJIEELER. Sworn to and subscribed before me at Valparaiso, this 19th day of Novembor, A. D. 1891. (SEAL ]

W. B. MCCREERY,

United States Consul.

(Inclosure 5 in No. 237.)

Declaration under oath of Charles R. Malcolm.

REPUBLIC OF CHILE,

Province of Valparaiso: Charles R. Malcolm, being duly sworn, deposes and says: I am the engineer in charge of the machinery of the steainship kewecnune of the inerchant marine of the United States, and an acquainted with Patrick Shielils, who is a fireman under my charge, and in the service of said steamship, and that up to the 24th day of October list past the said Shields was a strong, able-bodieil man and a most excellent tireman; that the said Shields received liberty from the authoritios of the ship to go on shore at

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Valparaiso on the 24th day of October, and that he did not return for about ten days thereafter, when he was in a bruised and much injured condition, and that the injuries he claimed to have received at the hands of the police in the streets of Valparaiso and while in the prison in said city, and that since his return to the ship he has not been able to perform any manual labor in consequence of the injuries he claims to have received at the hands of the police of Valparaiso, and I am tirnily of the opinion that he will never again be able to perform the duties of tireman, aud that in consequence of the said Shields being unable to perform his duties, another fireman has been engaged to take his place and he is now in the service of the ship. Further saith not.

CHARLES R. MALCOLM.

Sworn to and subscribed before me this 19th day of November, A. D. 1891. [SEAL.)

WM. B. McCREERY,

United States Consul.

(Inclosure 6 in No. 237.)

Declaration under oath of Andrew McKinstrcy.

REPUBLIC OF CHILE,

Province of Valparaiso: Andrew McKinstrey, being duly sworn, deposes and says: I am a fireman in the service of the steamship Keweenaw of the inerchant marine of the United States, and that on the 24th day of October last past I received liberty to go.on shore with Patrick Shields, who is also a fireman on board of the steamship Keweenaro, and with whom I am well acquainted, and that on the 25th day of October I was arrested by the police authorities of Valparaiso and taken to prison. On my arrival at the prison I was put into the same room with Patrick Shields, who said that he had been brought there the day before. On the 26th of October the police authorities at the prison ordered Shields and myself to work in the horse shed, across the street from the prison, and for a time we were both engaged in cleaning the yard, when we were both ordered to turn a crank attacbed to a corn-grinder, which we turned for about two hours, when we both stopped to rest, and we were ordered by the policeman to keep at work grinding corn, and while Patrick Shields was returning to the work he was struck on the back of the head by the policeman with a broom handle, which knocked him down.

On arising from the ground the said Shields was again struck by the same policeman on the head with the broom handle and again felled to the ground, wbere he remained about five minutes insensible. When he arose from the ground he was bleeding from the nose and mouth. We were then ordered to proceed with the work of grinding corn, but Shields was so badly injured that he stood by the machine and I did most of the work. About three-quarters of an hour afterwards we were both takeu out on the streets by the police and ordered to sweep the street, and soon afterwards I made my escape by running away, and I slept during the night on the hill back of the city on the bare ground, and the next day reported at the consulate, and was sent to the Keweenau by the consul. At the time Shields was struck by the policemau he was perfectly sober and had not been drinking. Further saith not.

ANDREW MCKINSTREY. Sworn to and subscribed before me this 19th day of November, A. D. 1891. (SEAL.)

WM. B. McCREERY,

United States Consul.

(Inclosure 7 in No. 237.)

Medical report of Dr. S. 8. White.

VALPARAISO, November 20, 1891. Hon. WM. B. McCREERY,

United States Consul, Valparaiso. Sir: In obedience to orders from Capt. Schley, on November 3, 1891, I examined Patrick Shields, a fireinan belonging to the steamer Keweenaw, and found his condi. tion to be as follows: A severe contusion on back of head, a small cut over right eye, and his body severely bruised, both front and back, from nape of neck to end of spine, of such severity as to render him unfit for duty for several weeks.

His condition now is somewhat improved, but his nervous system has sustained a shock from which months will be necossary for recovery, if he is over as physically sound as he was at the time ho received the injury. Very respectfully,

STEPHEN S. WHITE, Passed Assistant Surgeon, U. S. Navy.

Approved and forwarded.

U. S. S. BALTIMORE (First Rate).

W. S. SCHLEY, Captain Commanding.

(Inclosure 8 in No. 237.)

Mr. McCreery to Mr. Egan.

CONSULATE OF THE UNITED STATES,

Valparaiso, November 20, 1891. SIR: I inclose herewith a letter from Patrick Shields, of the steamship Keveenar, also his claim against the Republic of Chile for $5,000, which, by the term of his letter, he desires you to present to the proper department for payment.

I also inclose a letter from Dr. Stephen S. White, of the U. S. S. Baltimore, who has attended Shields since the 3d instant, which states his condition of the 3d of November, as well as his present condition. Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

WM. B. McCREERY,

United States Consul.

Patrick Shields informs me that his present post-office address is 994 Second avenue, New York city.

(Inclosure A.)

Mr. Shields to Mr. McCreery.

CONSULATE OF THE UNITED STATES,

Valparaiso, November 20, 1891. SIR: I inclose herewith my claim for $5,005, United States currency, against the Republic of Chile, which I will thank you to send to the American minister at Santiago, with the request that ho present the same to the proper department of the Goverument for payment. Very respectfully,

PATRICK (his x mark) SHIELDS. Witness:

J. P. DUNNING,

Ludorsed on back:

CONSULATE OF THE UNITED STATES,

Valparaiso, November 20, 1891. Respectfully referred to Hon. Patrick Egan, envoy extraordinary and minister plenipotentiary of the United States at Santiago. (SEAL.)

WM. B. McCREERY,

United States Consul.

(Inclosure B.)

Claim of Patrick Shields for $5,000.

VALPARAISO, November 20, 1891. Republic of Chilo to Patrick Shields, Dr.

To injuries received at the hands of the police of Valparaiso from the 24th day of October, A. D. 1891, to the 2d day of November, A. D. 1891, inclusive, tive thousand dollars United States currency ($5,000).

CONSULATE OF THE UNITED STATES,

Valparaiso, Norember 20, 1891. I certify that the foregoing account of Patrick Shields, of the steamship Keweenar, was presented to me by the said Shields with the request that I forward it to tho American minister at Santiago to be by him presented to the proper department for payment. (SEAL.]

Wm. B. McCREERY,

United States Consul.

(Inclosure 9 in No 237).

Mr. McCreery to Mr. Egan.

CONSULATE OF THE UNITED STATES,

Valparaiso, Norember 20, 1891. Sır: In the case of Patrick Shields, of the Keweenaw, who makes a claim against the Government of Chile for injuries claimed to have been received at the bands of the polico of this city, I desire to state that the crew list of the steamship shows that he was born in Ireland and is a subject of Great Britain. Very respectfully,

WM. B, McCREERY,

United States Consul.

(Inclosure 10 in No. 237.)

Mr. Egan to Mr. McCreery.

LEGATION OF THE UNITED STATES,

Santiago, November 23, 1891. SIR: Replying to your communication of 20tḥ instant in reference to the case of Patrick Shields, of the United States steamship'Keewenaw, I beg to refer you to par

I agraphs Nos. 170 and 171 of consular instructions, in the latter of which you will find the following:

“The principles which are maintained by this Government in regard to the protection, as distinguished from the relief, of scamen are well settled. , It is beld that the circumstance that the vessel is American is evidence that the seamen on board are such; and in every regularly documented merchant vessel the crew will find their protection in the flag that covers them.”

Shicles is therefore in this case, and also in the matter of relief, he having shipped in a port of the United States, entitled to the same protection as if he were a United States citizen. I remain, etc.,

PATRICK EGAN.

(Inclosure 11 in No. 237.)

Mr. Egan to Señor Natta.

LEGATION OF THE UNITED STATES,

Santiago, November 23, 1891. Sir: I have the honor to inform your excellency that on the 30 of the present month there came to the United States consulate in Valparaiso Patrick Shields, fireman, employed on board the United States inerchant steamship Keweenaw, who made complaint that on 24th October he went ashore from his shti, on leave; that he was arrested on the street of Valparaiso on a charge of intoxication, the truth of which charge he denies; that on the way to prison he was struck and kicked by the policeman; that he was released from prison next morning without any form of trial, but was immediately arrested again and kept a prisoner from 24th October to 20 November, without having been brought before any judge or without any process of law whatsoever; that during that time he was compelled to work, cleaning the strects, grinding corn, cleaning barness of the horses of the police, and other work; that he received during the time but very littlo food; that he was brutally beaten over tbe bead and body by the police on several occasions, and sometimes so badly that he was left insensible on the ground, from the effects of which treatment le still suffers very severely, and that he repeatedly, during those nine days, requested to be allowed to communicate with the captain of his ship or with the consul of the United States, which right was always refused to him.

When this man came to the consulate of the United States on the morning of 3d instant, the consul found him to be in terrible condition, badly cut about the head, and his body a mass of bruises. He at once brought him to the intendencia, so that the intendente might himself have an opportunity to see his deplorable condition; but the intendente declined to look at the man's injuries. The consul then sent him on board his ship and had him attended by Dr. Stephen S. White, of the United States cruiser Baltimore, certified copy of whose report, dated 3d instant, I incloso (No. 1). He also immediately reported the matter to the intendente of Valparaiso, asking for a full investigation into the circumstances and at the saine time requesting that either he, the consul, or some one designated by him might be permitted to be present at such investigation.

To this request the intendente replied on the 4th, promising an immediate investigation, and again on the 7th, transmitting copy of communication from judge of crimes stating that the permission requested by the consul to be present could not be granted, but adding that, in order to facilitate the consul and advance the inquiry, Shields, if he did not speak the Spanish language, could be assisted by such interpreter as he himself night designate.

On the 10th instaut, the judge of crime informed the United States consul that the testimony of Shields had been already taken, and on immediately going on board the Keweenaw the consul was astonished to learn that on that day two persons had gone on board said ship without any intimation to bim, the consul, and without giving Shields any intimation of their willingness to permit the presence of an interpreter designated by him, and proceeded, in the name of the judge of crime, to put to him a number of interrogatories, and then proceeded to write down certain answers which they asked him to sign. Shields protested that the replies so written down were not correct and refused to be sworn or to sign anything unless the examination was made in the presence of the United States consul or of some interpreter whom he should name.

The same course was adopted towards Capt. Jenkins, of the steamship Kereenar, a witness in this case. He was first informed that he could give his evidence through an interpreter designated by himself, but when he presented himself before the judge, accompanied by Mr. August Moller, vice-consul of the United States, as interpreter, his evidence would not be taken throngh that gentleman, and he was prevailed upon to give it through the co rt interpreter.

I now beg to inclose to your excellency certified copy of a sworn declaration made by Patrick Shields before the United States consul at Valparaiso on 18th instant, setting forth the particulars of his imprisonment and detention and the bad treatment which he received at the hands of the police (inclosure No.2); certified copy of sworn declaration of Charles A. Wheeler, mate of steamship keveenau, in relation to the attempt to obtain the evidence of Shields on board said ship (inclosure No.3); certitied copy of sworn declaration of Charles R. Malcolm, engineer of said ship, in relation to the physical condition of Shields (inclosure No.4); and certified copy of sworn declaration of Andrew McKinstrey, fireman on board said ship, setting forth that he had seen Shields, while a prisoner, struck on the back of the head with a broom handle and knocked down because he rested from work while grinding corn; chat on Shields arising from the ground he saw him again struck on the head by the same policeman and knocked down ou the ground, where he lay insensible about five minutes, and that when he arose he saw him bleeding from the nose and mouth.

I also inclose certified copy of additional certificate from Dr. Stephen S. White, of the United States cruiser Baltimore, dated 20th instant, giving details of the injuries inflicted upon Shields; injuries which, according to the doctor's opinion and ac. cording to the sworn declaration of the chief engineer of said ship, are calculated to incapacitate lim for active work for a considerable time, and perhaps for life.

The consul of the United States at Valparaiso, after the most careful investigation, is convincerl, and he has assured me that a terribile injury has been inflicted upon this man, not with the knowledge or sanction of the authorities of Valparaiso, but owing to some laxity or defect in the police system which permits the retention and

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