Mr. Eustis to Mr. Olney.
Paris, April 18, 1896, (Received April 30.)
Sir: In compliance with your instruction No. 635, of March 30, I addressed a note to the president of the council, minister of foreign affairs, requesting that the treaty rights of the United States in Madagascar be well defined, and asking particularly if our treaty of May 13, 1881, is to remain in force or is to be superseded by our treaty engagements with France.[Page 123]
Under date of April 16 I received a reply from Mr. Bourgeois, who states that the maintenance of the treaty of 1881 would be inconsistent with the present order of things, but that the French Government is willing to extend to Madagascar the provisions of our treaties with France.
I inclose herewith a copy of my note to Mr. Léon Bourgeois and a copy of his reply, with a translation of the same.
I have, etc.,