Mr. Uhl to Mr. Tripp.

No 43.]

Sir: I have to acknowledge receipt of your Nos. 50 and 51, of the 29th ultimo and 1st instant, in relation to the claim of Mr. E. W. Mix against the Austrian Government growing out of his arrest on suspicion of being a Russian spy.

The Department approves your conclusion that upon the facts this Government would not be warranted in making a claim against the Austrian Government on behalf of Mr. Mix for damages. By taking photographs at Przemysl he violated the law in force there, and however innocent in his intentions or ignorant of the law he may have been, his acts subjected him to the arrest and annoyance which he suffered. His release was by your exertions effected as soon as could possibly have been expected, and meantime no harsh or unreasonable treatment seems to have been experienced by him.

I am, etc.,

Edwin F. Uhl,
Acting Secretary.