to Mr. Blaine.
Berne, March 23, 1881. (Received April 8.)
Sir: After mailing my No. 372 to you and a letter to the collector at New York, and after the outgoing mail had left, I received from Consul Mason a private letter in which he inclosed me a copy of his No. 31 of this date to the Department. The facts therein stated made me decide to telegraph you concerning the shipment of the prostitutes on board the Suevia, as follows:
Commune Böttstein, Argovie, paid passage of Fridolina Vögelin, seventeen; Theresa Hauser, older; notorious prostitutes, Suevia; sixteenth Havre.
Particulars mailed. Disregard 371.
I have addressed a note to this government requesting the return of the women on the ground of their immoral character, and also of their destitute condition. Should they be, by some defect in our law, or the negligence of our authorities at New York, allowed to lend, such a request might possibly have some effect, but I see but slight grounds to hope that this government will take any decided and effectual measures to break up the large assisted emigration from the canton of Argovie, of which the present case is a specimen, and I fear by no means an exceptional one.
I respectfully ask your approval of my action in telegraphing you and in addressing this government.
In view of the method of discussion of previous cases of a similar nature by this government it is most desirable that the women should be returned as promptly as possible, and for a like reason the speedy announcement of their return would have a most beneficial effect on emigration from Switzerland, which is assuming enormous proportions. Unless we employ means to counteract the action of the communes we are, in the absence of efficient congressional legislation, bound to receive a large number of objectionable emigrants who could never reach the United States but for the assistance of the authorities.
I have, &c.,