to Mr. Frelinghuysen.
Berne, July 5, 1883. (Received July 23.)
Sir: The United States consul at Zurich informs me by note of yesterday’s date that the authorities of the town of Walkringen, canton of Berne, Switzerland, had assisted five deaf and dumb persons, inmates of an asylum in that town, to emigrate to the United States, and that a sixth deaf-mute from the same institution had, on the 4th instant, called at his consulate and declared that the authorities of said town were about to assist him also to emigrate to the United States. A copy of this note is herewith inclosed.
The action of said town authorities in this matter being against the laws of the United States, as well as against those of Switzerland governing emigration, this legation regarded it as its duty to address a note to the president of the Swiss Confederation, under date of the 5th instant, drawing his attention thereto and protesting against it. A copy of this note is herewith inclosed.
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