to Mr. Evarts.
Berne, January 26, 1881. (Received February 10.)
Sir: Referring to my dispatches numbered 330,* 331, and 332,* I have now the honor to inclose herewith copies of a correspondence with the consulate at Zurich respecting the emigration of Heinrich Ruegger, of Rudolfingen, from this country to the United States.
It will be seen from the letter of the president of the commissioners of the poor of Trüllikon, that the man obtained a considerable portion of the money for his journey by begging 5 that until he had done so, the poor-board declined to assist him 5 that finally they gave him 25 francs [Page 1114]and the commune gave 10 francs; and that just before leaving, Ruegger, who is spoken of as a dissolute fellow, squandered the small amount of money he had in drinking saloons. It will also be seen that the poor-board do not consider this a case “of shoving off by the commune.” This opinion is not shared by either Consul Byers or Consul Mason, the latter of whom sums up the case as follows:
It seems to be a clear case of “assisted emigration,” the result of which is that the State of Ohio has acquired a pauper.
It seems incredible that our legislation should not protect us from such abuses, and in the absence of such legislation, I most strongly recommend that the man be sent back to Rudolfingen at the expense of the Swiss Government, and that the legation be instructed to demand the payment of a sum for the injury done the United States by the authorities of Rudolfingen.
I have, &c.,