Mr. Eustis to Mr. Olney.
Paris, June 4, 1896. (Received June 15.)
Sir: Referring to previous correspondence concerning our treaty rights in Madagascar I send herewith a copy of a note dated May 12, which I addressed to Mr. Hanotaux in compliance with your instruction, and a copy of a note received in reply dated June 3.
To our categorical inquiry whether the authority of the French Republic had completely superseded that of the Hovas and whether our treaties with France were to be extended to Madagascar, Mr. Hanotaux replies that the introduction in the Chamber of Deputies of the bill declaring that island a French colony gives the positive assurance you desired. He hopes, therefore, that the understanding with us is now complete on the basis of his note to me of April 16 and of M. Patenôtre’s note to you of April 18, and he adds that in taking the necessary steps for the organization of the new order of things the French Republic will be governed, with regard to American citizens, by the sympathies which unite the two countries.
The bill above mentioned has been referred to a committee of eleven members, all of whom, with the exception of one, are in its favor. It is preceded by an explanatory statement of motives, a translation of which, clipped from the Times, I inclose herewith, together with a translation of Mr. Hanotaux’s note.
I have, etc.,