Mr. Cramer to Mr. Frelinghuysen .
Berne , December 18, 1884. (Received December 31.)
Sir: In my dispatch No. 183, of the 26th ultimo, I had the honor to inform you that in a note to the Swiss Federal Council of the same date (a copy of which was inclosed in said dispatch), I protested against the [Page 794] discharge from prison ordered by the grand council of the canton of Zug of one Joseph Binzegger, who had been sentenced to imprisonment for life on account of incendiarism, upon the condition of his emigrating to the United States.
On the 16th instant a note was received from the Federal Council, dated the 15th instant, in which it is stated that, in general, the federal authorities had done all in their power to prevent the emigration of improper persons; that in the particular case of Joseph Binzegger he had been pardoned without any restrictive condition, and that instead of his going to the United States he intends to emigrate to Buenos Ayres.
A copy of this note, with a translation thereof, is herewith inclosed.
I am, &c.,