to Mr. Bayard
Paris , May 10, 1887. (Received May 27.)
Sir: Since writing and telegraphing to you on the 13th instant, with reference to the bill for the execution of the submarine cables convention, I have received your dispatch No. 222 of May 5th and your telegram of the 14th, informing me that the bill in question had not been acted upon by Congress, and instructing me accordingly, to sign, when the conference meets again in July, the second of the protocols submitted by the French Government, which provides that, if on the day fixed for the convention to go into effect any of the signatory powers have not adopted the requisite legislation, its operation shall be suspended, as regards such state, until notice shall be given by it to the French Government of the adoption of the appropriate legislation.
I inclose herewith copy and translation of Mr. Flourens’s note of the 13th instant, mentioned in my No. 405 of the same date, requesting me to call your attention to the fact that section 8 of the bill which passed the House is contrary to the sense of the convention as explained by the declaration of May 1, 1880.
Being satisfied that you would have this defect corrected, I shall add nothing to what I said in my No. 405 with reference to the subject.
I have, etc.,