The Chargé in Sweden (Wheeler) to the Secretary of State
[Received 5:11 p.m.]
138. Your 55 of April 24, 1 p.m.,75 and instruction 644 of April 22nd. Swedish Government prefers that articles 11 and 12 of the Consular Convention of 1910 be eliminated in their entirety, informally pointing out that it wishes to avoid the necessity for an interpretation in conformity with the provisions of the Seamen’s Act of every case arising. It is stated that if it is the desire of the American Government merely to retain that portion of the articles which provides for the arrest and detention of deserters from American war vessels it is the practice of the Swedish Government to make such arrests in conformity with the general practice of international law and without special treaty provision.
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