to Mr. Bayard.
Buenos Ayres , July 26, 1888. (Received October 1.)
Sir: Referring to my last dispatch, I now furnish some details of certain reported schemes of colonization, attracting public attention and discussion by the prints of this capital.
A report has been widely circulated that a large secret organization of colored people of the United States has funds in readiness, has sent agents to Brazil and the Argentine Republic, and perhaps some other South American States, to negotiate terms of settlement for an extended exodus of negro families from the United States in search of new homes.
The manager of an English land syndicate called at the legation today, asking what I knew about such contemplated exodus from my country, stating he could place an entire township at their disposal, on such easy terms of purchase that there could be no cause for hesitation, if they wanted to come and engage in cattle, sheep, or agricultural farming. I had no information on the subject, and so informed this enterprising landed proprietor. On inquiring what he knew of such a project, I was told he “had positive information there was such a scheme on foot, and that it must very soon take on the form of development.”
This rumor has been circulating about some time, but I have never before thought it serious enough to make a note of. Now as the inquiry comes so direct and from such a respectable source, I give the information as it has come to me.
It is unquestionably true, a vast movement is on foot in Germany and Alsace-Lorraine to send settlements here. I send herewith, as an inclosure, what the Daily Standard of this city has to say about it this morning. These coming people, it is said, are to engage in small farming, as in the United States, in grape culture, and the production of wheat and corn. The Department will be kept fully advised of developments, if such expected results are realized.
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