No. 280.
Mr. Pendleton to Mr. Bayard.

No. 484.]

Sir: I beg to acknowledge the receipt of your instruction, No. 239, of the 14th instant, relative to the limitation laws of Germany concerning attachments, fines, and other penalties for the non-performance of military duty and desertion. In reply to the inquiry contained therein, I beg to state that Mr. Coleman informs me that a repeated close examination of the German laws fails to show the existence of any provision relative to this subject exempting persons beyond seas. It appears, therefore, that the meaning of the statute of limitation is not interrupted by absence beyond seas or other absence from Germany.

I have, etc.,

Geo. H. Pendleton.