Mr. Hay to Mr. Harris.

No. 17.]

Sir: I have to acknowledge the receipt of your dispatch No. 6, of the 9th instant, relative to the liability of Mr. H. M. Braem to income tax under the laws of Austria.

In reply I have to inform you that the matter is one which should be tested in the courts of that country. In its present aspect, at least, the case is not one for diplomatic intervention.

I am, etc.,

John Hay.