to Mr. Frelinghuysen.
Berne, January 23, 1883. (Received February 12.)
Sir: Referring to my note to the high Federal Council of the 14th of last November (a copy of which I transmitted to you with my dispatch No. 18, of the 16th of the same month, and which you had been pleased to approve in your No. 16, of December 6 ultimo) in relation to the shipment to New York by the town authorities of Woelflinswyl, canton of Aargau, of a certain Conrad Hort, a pauper and a drunkard, I have now the honor to inform you that this legation received a note from said high Federal Council, dated January 16 (a copy of which, with a translation thereof, is herewith inclosed), in reply to my note of November 14 last, informing me that an investigation had been made into this matter, the result of which is alleged to be that said Hort is not such a bad character as stated in my note, and that the town authorities of Woelflinswyl did not ship him to New York, though they confess that they had agreed to give him 200 francs for the purpose of emigration. In support of the vindication (?) of said town authorities voluminous documents used in the investigation were submitted to my inspection.
In order to show that this legation has not acted unadvisedly in this matter, nor depended solely upon newspaper reports, I take the liberty to make the following observations: (1) According to the statements of Consul Byers, of Zurich, in his letter to this legation of November 11 last (a copy of which was transmitted to you in my dispatch No. 18), said town authorities admitted that they “did send this man to America in violation of the laws of Switzerland and of the United States;” and that they “had shipped numerous other persons to the United States in order to get rid of them.” During the investigation they denied the admissions they had made to Consul Byers. The plain inference is that they have told untruths either to Consul Byers or to the cantonal authorities making the investigation. (2) That the admissions they have made in this matter to Consul Byers are true is evident from a letter addressed to this legation by a Mr. Naef, editor of the Zo-finger Tagblatt, near Woelflinswyl, in which he, from personal knowledge, confirms the statements of Consul Byers.* * *
I do not know that the note of the Federal Council concerning this matter needs a reply.
I am, &c.,