Mr. Breckinridge to Mr. Olney.
St. Petersburg, February 18, 1896. (Received March 6.)
Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your dispatch No. 167, of January 23, in regard to Henry Topor, arrested at Warsaw for becoming a citizen of the United States without permission and now confined in an asylum near that city on account of insanity. I have prepared a note to Prince Lobanow, expressing the hope that on account of the irresponsible condition of the accused his case will be taken from the catalogue of controversy and he be released upon condition that a suitable escort is furnished to take him back to his family in the United States.
It seems best to act upon your general suggestion in this way.
A copy of the note is inclosed and I will deliver the original to the Prince to-morrow, his first reception day. It seems well also to try and advance the case without waiting for the hoped-for reply from Mr. Topor’s family, providing the necessary funds, so as to let him start as soon as practicable in case the result is favorable.
I inclose also a copy of a note from the foreign office of December 15/27, which has not yet been followed by the promised information and is the only addition to the papers already in your hands.
I have, etc.,