Mr. Breckinridge to Mr. Olney.
St. Petersburg, October 7, 1896. (Received Oct. 22.)
Sir: Referring to my No. 135, of August 29, 1895, I now have the honor and pleasure of inclosing copy of a letter from Mr. John Ginzberg, dated Minsk, September 19/October 1, stating that his trial was concluded September 16/28, with the result that he can return to the United States.
Mr. Ginzberg further alludes to the method of his return, desires the return of his American papers, and he prefers a claim against the Russian Government of $3 a day for 730 days of arrest and detention.
I also inclose copy of my letter of this date to Mr. Ginzberg and of my note of same date to the foreign office.
I express gratification at the reported conclusion of the trial, ask for fuller and more explicit information of the result, request the return to Ginzberg of his papers and full liberty as respects his return to the United States, but refrain from taking any action in regard to his claim, informing him that it is referred to the Department.
Further information will be reported to you as it may be obtained.
Submitting the foregoing, I have the honor, etc.,