Mr. Tree to Mr. Bayard.
Brussels, October 31, 1888. (Received November 13.)
Sir: I have the honor to inform you that on the 20th instant, at 10 o’clock in the evening, I received the following cablegram:
Upon application authorities State of New York, yon are instructed to request de tention Adolph Sambolino, now under arrest at Antwerp, pending arrival extradition papers charging forgery.
The same evening, and immediately after the receipt of the cablegram, I addressed a note to the minister of foreign affairs, requesting the Government of His Majesty, the King, to cause the proper authorities at Antwerp to be instructed to detain Sambolino pending the arrival of the extradition papers. A copy of my note is herewith inclosed.
The next day being Sunday, the Foreign Office was closed, but on Monday morning, the 22d instant, I called there personally, and saw the director-general of the department, Mr. Leopold Orban, to whom I repeated orally the request, showing him at the same time the cablegram. He said the request would be complied with, and that my note of the 20th instant, on the subject, had been already sent to the Department of Justice. At the same time he remarked it was going further than the stipulations of the extradition treaty between the United States and Belgium, though in 1886 Count d’Arschot, then chargé d’affaires ad interim of Belgium, had in accordance with instructions from the Belgian minister of foreign affairs, proposed to our Government, the addition of a clause to the treaty providing for temporary arrests on information by telegraph received through the diplomatic representative pending the arrival of the necessary documents, but that the negotiations were not successful by reason of objections on the part of our Government.
He said, also, that all other treaties concluded by Belgium contained such a clause.
I expressed the desire to know the precise points on which the negotiations with our Government had turned, and also the language of the clause which he said was contained in other extradition treaties concluded by Belgium. He said he would give me the information in a few days in writing and, accordingly, on the 27th instant, I received from the minister of foreign affairs the note which I herewith inclose.
Although the conversation took place which I have detailed, there was not the slightest hesitation manifested in granting my request for the detention of Sambolino, who, I understand, has been under arrest at Antwerp since the 19th instant.
I have also the honor to acknowledge the receipt of cablegram of the 24th instant, reading as follows:
Sambolino papers forwarded.
I am, etc.,