File No. 12426.

The Secretary of State to Chargé Hitt.

No. 139.]

Sir: Numerous cases have recently arisen in which Italian subjects have committed crime in the United States and escaped to Italy. In some of these cases attempt has been made to bring about their punishment in Italy.

The department would be pleased to have you, at your early convenience, make a detailed report to it of the cases occurring within the last five years in which request has been made by this department upon the Italian Government for the punishment of these fugitives.

You will also report the result in each case.

I am, etc.,

E. Root.