Mr. Pendleton to Mr. Bayard.
Berlin , January 30, 1888. (Received February 13.)
Sir: I have the honor to send you herewith the bill (with translation) for the amendment of the commonly-called socialist law. Mr. Taylor, with his dispatch No. 54, of November 8, 1878,* transmitted a copy, with [Page 610] translation, of the original law as it finally passed the Reichstag. It has been prolonged several times without material change in its provisions. The amendments propose to give the additional power to deprive offenders of the rights of citizens and to expel them from the Empire, and also to affix a punishment to the offense of a German who, in a foreign country, participates in an assembly held for the purpose of promoting socialistic ends. The prevalent opinion, as expressed by the press of Berlin, is that the additional powers and punishments will not be granted by the Reichstag, but that the law substantially in its present form will be extended.
I have, etc.,