No. 328.
Mr. Rives to Mr. Anderson.


Minister, Copenhagen:

Benson indicted in United States circuit court, California, for forging papers to secure extensive land grants. Described as having large portly physique, weighing about 250 pounds, large protruding stomach, restless eye, rather effeminate voice. His brother not indicted. Copies of indictments, order, arrest, and other papers will be sent at once to Copenhagen with officer designated to receive him there.

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Department assumes that Denmark extradites without treaty. It should be understood that under our system United States can only extradite when there is a treaty.

Acting Secretary.