Mr. Eustis to Mr. Gresham.

No. 180.]

Sir: I cabled on the 25th instant the substance of a telegram from the minister of foreign affairs informing me officially of the assassination of President Carnot. The press agencies had already, I have no doubt, furnished you with full reports of the sad event, and through the same channel you must have been made aware of all the circumstances which followed this tragic event. To complete our record I shall therefore simply inclose copies of the correspondence with the French Government on this occasion and such extracts from the Paris papers which it might be of interest to keep on file.

I have, etc.,

J. B. Eustis.
[Inclosure 1 in No. 180.—Translation.]

Mr. Hanotaux to Mr. Eustis.

It is with profound sorrow that I convey to your knowledge that the President of the Republic has just died at Lyons from the effects of an attempt against his life.

The assassin was immediately arrested.

I did not fail to direct, by telegraph, the representatives of France abroad to convey this fatal news to the knowledge of the governments to which they are accredited.

G. Hanotaux.
[Inclosure 2 in No. 180.]

Mr. Eustis to Mr. Hanotaux.

Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your excellency’s dispatch of this morning informing me of the assassination of the President of the Republic. Without awaiting the instructions of my Government, I hasten to give you the assurance that the dreadful misfortune which, in the person of its first magistrate, befalls the old and faithful ally of the United States will awaken in all American hearts a feeling of profound emotion.

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I beg you, Mr. Minister, to convey to Madame Carnot the expression of my respectful condolence, and to rest assured that in the painful trial through which France is now passing and with her the democratic institutions she so worthily represents in the old world, the sympathies of my fellow citizens, as well as those of my Government, will not cease to accompany her.

I take, etc.,

J. B. Eustis.
[Inclosure 3 in No. 180.]

Mr. Eustis to Mr. Hanotaux.

Sir: Upon receipt of your excellency’s sad communication of yesterday, I hastened to give an expression of my feelings in respect to the assassination of the President of the Republic.

By direct instruction from the honorable Secretary of State, Mr. Gresham, I have now to express to your excellency the profound sorrow with which the President and the American people have heard of the atrocious crime which has robbed a sister Republic of its wise, humane, and patriotic Chief Magistrate.

I am further directed, through you, to communicate to the Government of France and to Madame Carnot the following resolutions at once adopted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States, expressing condolence with the French nation in the loss it has sustained and their abhorrence of the assassination.

The Secretary of State informs me also that immediately upon the passage of these resolutions, the Senate and House of Representatives adjourned as a tribute of respect to President Carnot’s memory.

I take, etc.,

J. B. Eustis.
[Inclosure 4 in No. 180.]

Mr. Eustis to Mr. Hanotaux.

Sir: At a meeting of Americans now present at Paris, which was held yesterday for the purpose of offering an expression of their feelings on the occasion of the assassination of the President of the Republic, the resolutions of which a copy is herewith inclosed were unanimously adopted, and I was requested to have them properly presented.

I shall feel obliged if your excellency will kindly communicate them to the members of the Government and to Madame Carnot.

I avail, etc.,

J. B. Eustis.
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Copy of resolutions.

Whereas the President of the French Republic has just been mortally stricken down by a heinous crime, and whereas we Americans, having in our own country twice experienced a similar great grief, are only the more impelled to mingle our tears with those of the sorrowing people of fair France: Therefore, be it

Resolved, That, while denouncing the abominable act which has so suddenly removed President Carnot from our midst, it is with more than pain of mind that we Americans in Paris have assembled to offer our expressions of warmest sympathy to the French nation who are now undergoing the same emotions of pity and tenderness which we experienced when murderous hands struck down two of our venerated Presidents.

Resolved, That there is no divergence of opinion among us as to the high values of this lovable man whom a great nation has called to be its Chief Magistrate, and to us Americans it is a consolation of deepest significance that this the first citizen of our sister Republic was so universally respected throughout the world. We knew that his heart was good, his domestic virtues unbounded, his charities as broad and liberal as his character was beyond reproach.

Resolved, That while the unanimity of the national sentiment which is hourly showing itself cannot but soften the awful sorrow that now afflicts the noblewoman who so dignifiedly shared the companionship of Mr. Carnot’s life, we, too, as Americans, would lay at her feet the expression of our most respectful and devoted affection.

We beg Madame Carnot and her sorrowing family to receive the assurance of our sincerest condolences and sympathy, the homage of our profound esteem.

John H. Hayes,
Chairman of the Meeting of American Citizens.
[Inclosure 5 in No. 180.]

Mr. Eustis to Mr. Hanotaux.

Sir: As an additional mark of the heartfelt sympathy of my countrymen for France in her grief caused by the assassination of the President of the Republic, I send copies of two telegrams received, one from Gen. Horace Porter, president of the Society of the Sons of the American Revolution, the other from Mr. John W. Mackay, president of the Commercial Cable Company.

I avail, etc.,

J. B. Eustis.