No. 292.

Mr. Bayard to Mr. Kasson .

No. 117.]

Sir: Acknowledging receipt of your dispatch No. 179 of the 20th ultimo, in relation to the case of Andreas Rausch, an alleged convict and pauper, who was stopped at Bremen from emigrating to the United States, I have to inform you that the word “convict,” as used in the act of Congress approved August 3, 1882, is held by this Department to cover those who have been convicted of felonious crimes, even after the expiration of their sentences, and your course in reference to the matter is therefore approved.

I am, &c.,

T. F. BAYARD.