to Mr. Fish.
Berne, December 18, 1874. (Received January 9, 1875.)
Sir: I have the honor to state as follows; Yesterday the two houses of the federal assembly met in convention to elect a President and Vice-President of the Swiss Confederation for the ensuing year. Mr. Scherer, of Winterthur, was chosen President on the first ballot, having 102 out of 154 votes. Mr. Borel, of Neufchatel, was in like manner elected Vice-President, receiving 101 out of 150 votes. Mr. Welti was, according to custom, to have been the President, but it was desired that he should keep his present war department until the army is organized under the new constitution.
I am, &c.,