Mr. Hay to Mr. Thomas.

No. 129.]

Sir: I have to acknowledge the receipt of your No. 236, of the 31st ultimo, inclosing the reply of the Norwegian Government to the complaint made by Mr. Johannes P. Hoiland, a naturalized American citizen of Norwegian origin, that he had been unlawfully arrested and imprisoned in Norway.

Under the circumstances of Mr. Hoiland’s resistance to, and delay in complying with, the reasonable requirement to prove his American citizenship before the competent authority, the Department does not see that it is called upon to intervene any further in the matter.

His attorney has been so advised.

I am, etc.,

John Hay.