Mr. Olney to Mr. Tripp.

No. 258.]

Sir: I have to inform you that your dispatch No. 208, of the 1st instant, transmitting copies of correspondence with the Austro-Hungarian foreign office relative to the arrest of Ladislao Sedivy, a naturalized American citizen, for alleged violation of the military laws of his native country, has been received.

The Department takes pleasure in commending your judicious conduct of this interesting case which clearly falls within the third proviso of Article II, second paragraph of the convention concluded September [Page 13] 20, 1870, between the United States of America and the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy.

It is hoped that the precedent established by this case will prevent the recurrence of similar causes of just remonstrance on your part.

I am, etc.,

Richard Olney.