to Mr. Evarts.
Berne, January 10, 1881. (Received January 26.)
Sir: The Gazette de Lausanne of Friday evening contains a notice to the effect that the commune of Gersau, in the canton of Sehwytz, is, owing to the scarcity of work, compelled to assist its citizens to emigrate, and that it has voted a subsidy of 250 francs to those over eighteen years who emigrate, and 100 francs to their children over ten, and 30 francs to those under ten years of age.
The Bund of this morning contains a similar statement. I inclose copies of both of these notices, with translations thereof herewith.
I have instructed Consul Byers to inquire and report concerning the action of the authorities of Gersau.
I have, &c.,