Mr. Hay to Mr. White.

No. 814.]

Sir: Referring to the Department’s instruction No. 787, of the 6th instant, in regard to a summons issued to Consul-General Guenther to appear as a witness in a German court, I inclose for your information copies of correspondence as indicated below in regard to the happy termination of the incident.

I am, etc.,

John Hay.
[Inclosure 1 in No. 814.]

Mr. Guenther to Department of State.

No. 8.]

I have the honor to respectfully report that in response to my protest against a “subpoena” which I received from the royal court of Frankfort, as stated in my dispatch to the Department of State under date of February 20, 1899, I received an answer on the 25th instant. In the same I am requested in a polite manner to give my testimony on Tuesday, February 28, 1899, between the hours of 9 to 12 a.m.

It also states that the summons of which I complained was made out, by mistake, in the usual form. I have complied with the request and answered the questions propounded in court, where the officials verbally apologized and said that they had not been aware of the existence of the consular convention of 1871.

I am, etc.,

Richard Guenther, Consul-General.
[Inclosure 2 in No. 814.]

Mr. Cridler to Mr. Guenther.

No. 6.]

Sir: Your No. 8 of the 28th ultimo, relative to a royal summons issued to you by the royal court of Frankfort, has been received.

The Department is gratified to learn of the satisfactory termination of the incident.

I am, etc.,

Thos. W. Cridler,
Third Assistant Secretary.