to Mr. Blaine.
Berne, March 26, 1881. (Received April 11.)
Sir: I have the honor, referring to my No. 375 and previous dispatches therein mentioned, respecting the emigration of Fridolina Vögelin and Theresa Hauser, to inclose herewith an affidavit respecting a conversation which I had with Wirth-Herzog of Aaran, through whose agency those women were shipped to New York on the Suevia. He fully admitted that the commune of Böttstein paid for their passage and that the two women were of the very lowest order of prostitutes.
Consul Mason telegraphs me that he mailed my No. 375 at ten this [Page 1126]morning, and that he has affidavits from the police and of an official character which will be forwarded to you through this office.
I send a similar affidavit to the one inclosed to the collector at New York.
I have, &c.,