Mr. Francis to Mr. Bayard.
Vienna, June 30, 1885. (Received July 18.)
Sir: The objections of the Imperial Royal Government to the recognition of Mr. Keiley as United States minister to Austria-Hungary have recently had expression with something of sensational vehemence in nearly all the Vienna newspapers. The leading daily journal of this capital, the New Free Press, discusses the matter at considerable length, and as its comments reflect the tone of the Vienna press generally on the subject, I transmit a slip of the article cut from its issue of June 27, and inclose translation of the same.
It will be seen that the main reason set forth against the acceptance of Mr. Keiley by the Imperial Royal Government is the alleged fact of objection to him by Italy, when he was recently appointed United States minister to that court, the character of the objection being specially dwelt upon as keenly affecting the susceptibilities of King Humbert.
The New Free Press article states, in terms less guarded, however, as respects carefulness of speech, substantially the utterances of Count Kalnoky made to me on the 23d of June, and I presume there can be no doubt that the almost simultaneous expression of the Vienna press on the subject had its inspiration largely at the foreign office.