The Acting Secretary of State to the Italian Chargé.

No. 386.]

Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your two notes, of the 17th and 21st instant, respectively, in further relation to the treatment of Italian laborers employed by the Spruce Pine Carolina Company in railroad construction at Marion, N. C.

In reply I have the honor to inform you that the department has communicated your said notes to the Attorney-General and to the governor of North Carolina, and will continue to transmit to the proper authorities, as heretofore, any information concerning this unfortunate incident. The department will likewise transmit to the royal Italian embassy any replies or other information which may be of sufficient importance to justify communication.

I am, etc.,

Alvey A. Adee.