The Italian Chargé to the Secretary of State.

No. 1367. Urgent.]

Mr. Secretary of State: In continuation of my note No. 1325 of the 21st instant, and with reference to the conversation I had with your excellency on the subject at the Department of State on Monday last, the 25th instant, I have the honor to inform you that, according to a report of the royal consul at Philadelphia, Attorney Guio Speranza, for whom you were so good as to furnish me with letters of introduction to the United States district attorney, Mr. Holton, for which I am greatly obliged to you, experiences in the district of North Carolina, whither he has been sent by the royal embassy, great difficulty in discharging the duties intrusted to him. It appears that very strong local influences are opposing his efforts, to the end that justice may take its course. Voicing, therefore, an urgent request from our above-mentioned agent, I address to your [Page 931] excellency an earnest request that, without prejudice to the official action already taken by your department in the matter of the differences between the Italians and the “Carolina company,” and of the occurrence of the 14th of May last, at Marion, you will, if possible, be so good as to address officially his excellency the governor of North Carolina and urge him to send positive instructions to the local authorities of Marion, N. C., requesting them to proceed without further delay with the inquiry into the occurrences heretofore related by the embassy and particularly the lamentable incident that culminated in the killing and wounding of several of my fellow-countrymen and in the imprisonment of others.

I embrace this opportunity to thank you in advance for whatever you may find it in your power to do in compliance with the wish above expressed, and renew to you, etc.,

G. C. Montagna.