Mr. Adee to Mr. Pringle.
Washington, March 22, 1894.
Sir: I inclose herewith a copy of a petition addressed to the President, the Secretary of State, and the Congress, by citizens of Louisiana, on the general subject of lotteries, and praying among other things that this Government will point out to that of Honduras the proposed attempt of the old Louisiana Lottery Company to establish itself in Honduras. I also include copies of our antilottery statutes, to which reference is made in the petition.
It will be observed that the legislation of the United States in this regard has been framed with a view to its complete efficiency in excluding the circulation of advertisements and notices of foreign lottery schemes, as well as repressing domestic enterprises of that nefarious character.
Should it be true that such an enterprise, made unlawful by our law, is seeking to make use of a foreign territory from which to operate upon our citizens, it would seem to be a subject of which the neighboring and offended State would take notice. It is proper to bring the subject to the notice of the Government of Honduras, through its minister for foreign affairs, in order that it may be advised of the views of the United States and of its legislation in this regard.
I am, etc.,