to Mr. Bayard.
Paris , March 7, 1888. (Received March 19.)
Sir: In compliance with the request expressed in your No. 302, of February 24, I send you copies of my note asking for the discharge of John Fruchier and of Mr. Flourens’s reply, with a translation of the same. You will observe that this reply is almost word for word identical [Page 523] with the one made in the case of Arbios, a copy and a translation of which were forwarded with my No. 391, of April 14, 1887. Many other dispatches from the French office, couched in the same language, can be found in the correspondence of this legation with reference to American citizens of French origin called to perform military service in France, all of which have been duly forwarded and commented upon by this legation.
I agree with you that the case of Fruchier is one of those well adapted to test the question of the right of American citizens of French parentage to visit France without being subjected to forced military service. The question has been plainly and fairly put to the French Government in my note of January 11, to which no answer has yet been made, and in which, as you can see by referring to it, I have formally demanded the discharge of Fruchier and Arbios.
The copy of your No. 298, which I left with Mr. Flourens, has, I trust, strengthened my position; but, for the reasons stated in my No. 560, I did not feel myself authorized to make a new demand for the release of these two men, and until a reply is received to my demand of January 11 I do not believe that it is advisable to press the matter.
I have, etc.,