to Mr. Bayard.
The Hague, September 8, 1886. (Received September 20).
Sir: I have the honor to transmit herewith, for the information and such action as the Department may deem proper, a copy of a correspondence recently exchanged between this legation and Mrs. Catherine G. Lay, of Brooklyn, N. Y., concerning a supposed estate which Mr. E. B. Humphreys, of 38 East 12th street, New York, is said to be representing the heirs of one Du Boise as awaiting them in the hands of the Dutch Government.
I have, of course, no means of knowing or determining whether a fraud is being perpetrated in this case.
It is apparent, however, from Mrs. Lay’s letters, that she suspects that an imposition is about to be practiced upon the heirs of Du Boise.
As my experience in the investigation of such cases at this post convinces me that it would be wise for the Du Boise heirs to save the money they are about to expend, I have thought it might prove useful to furnish you with a copy of the correspondence relating to this particular case.
I have endeavored to send full and special answers to all inquiries addressed to this legation about such claims, but the letters, as in this case, are usually so vague and indefinite, that they seldom furnish any clew upon which to base an investigation.
In case a fraud is being attempted in this case, I trust the Department may find the means to prevent it.
I have, etc.,