No. 620.
Mr. Rublee to Mr. Fish.

No. 198.]

Sir: I have the honor to inform you that the Federal Assembly met to-day to hold an adjourned session for the completion of business not disposed of during the regular session in December last.

Among the measures presented for consideration at this session are a commercial treaty between Switzerland and Denmark, and bills for laws relating to the issue and redemption of bank-notes, concerning the transportation of freights by railways, and providing for a uniform system of weights and measures.

The controversy with the Roman Catholic Church will also again occupy the attention of the Assembly, as two appeals are pending, one from delegates of the Catholic population of the diocese of Basle, and one from the Bernese Jura, asking for action on the part of the Assembly to protect the Catholics against alleged violations of their rights.

I am, &c.,