No. 206.

Mr. Bayard to Mr. Kasson .

No. 137.]

Sir: Acknowledging the receipt of your dispatch No. 223, of the 4th instant, in relation to the arrest and imprisonment of Mr. Ernest F. Heitmüller, a naturalized American citizen, by the German authorities for the non-performance of military service, I have to inform you that your course in asking for an investigation of the facts in relation to the young man’s imprisonment is approved.

Further instructions are deferred until the promised reply from the foreign office has been received.

I am, &c.,

T. F. BAYARD.