Mr. Breckinridge to Mr. Gresham.

No. 6.]

Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your dispatch No. 252, October 27, 1894, relating to the reported death of Stanislaus Krzeminski. You inclosed a copy of a letter dated October 2 and of an accompanying statement from Mr. G. Creighton Webb, relating to this matter, and direct that the report of the consul at Warsaw, etc., be sent to you.

You also direct that discreet efforts be made to collect corroborating proofs in official form of the fact. Your dispatch was addressed to Mr. Peirce, until recently chargé d’affaires.

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I find that Mr. Peirce has been following up this case with diligence and discretion, and that he has obtained some proof of the character of which you speak.

As the case is one of interest and the record both lengthy and complex, I defer sending the papers for a few days in order that I may gain a more satisfactory knowledge of the affair and be the better able to carry out your full instructions and to deal with new features and questions to which it may possibly give rise.

In a few days then I will write you more fully upon this subject, and at the same time I will transmit to you the evidence as far as this legation may have it at that time.

I have, etc.,

Clifton R. Breckinridge.