The Secretary of State to the Italian Chargé.

No. 372.]

Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your note of the 19th instant, in which you point out that the local authorities of some of the States fail to comply with Article XVI of the consular convention between the United States and Italy, which provides that in the case of the death of an American citizen in Italy or of an Italian subject in the United States who has no heir or testamentary executor designated by him the competent local authorities shall give notice of the facts to the consuls or consular agents of the nation of the deceased, in order that the information may be at once transmitted to the parties interested.

I have the honor to say in reply that on July 14, 1893, this department in a circular letter called this matter to the attention of the governors of the States and Territories.

Another circular of the same character will now be addressed to them.

Accept, etc.,

Elihu Root.