No. 501.
Mr. Schuyler to Mr. Fish.

No. 107.]

Sir: I have the honor to inform you that, according to the “Odessa Messenger,” on the initiative of the minister of domains, the Mennonites, called into the military service by the conscription, will be organized into companies of workmen and employed in forest cultivation on the lands belonging to the state in South Russia.

An official of the minister of domains has been sent to Odessa to organize this useful enterprise, and in general to study the question of forest-planting in the country.

I have, &c.,