Mr. Runyon to Mr. Olney .

No. 361.]

Sir: I have the honor to inform you that on receipt of the Department’s instruction, by cable, of the 11th instant I immediately took what I regarded as the best means of carrying out the instruction and called on the chargé d’affaires of Bavaria here and again urged the commutation of the sentence of imprisonment in the case of Mr. Louis Stern. Baron von der Taun promised to communicate to his Government at once the fact of my visit and my representations and wishes as expressed to him for the purpose of such transmission. Both before and after the receipt of the instruction referred to I took such informal action in the matter in the imperial foreign office as I thought judicious in view of the circumstance that the subject is exclusively of State and in no wise of Imperial cognizance and jurisdiction.

I have, etc.,

Theodore Runyon.