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touching polygamy, becoming officially known here, will enable the pas-
tors to speak with directness as to the liabilities and evils which the
Mormon disciple will incur by going to America and becoming an asso-
ciate of the lawbreakers of Utah. So far as practicable and consistent
with the Swedish and Norwegian laws, I think there are substan-
tial and conclusive reasons for the hope that His Majesty's Government
of these countries will aid in preventing the Mormon agents and emis-
saries from seducing from their homes the men and women of Sweden
and Norway, to help swell the numbers of the lawbreakers in that com-
munity beyond the ocean, where a strange fanaticism audaciously as-
sumes to criminally confront the authority of a friendly nation, and to
trample under foot the morality and teachings of Christian civilization.
The government and the public sentiment of these countries are averse
to having their population victimized and depleted by immoral and
criminal means.
   So often as it may be necessary, or seem to promise good results, I
 shall hold further interviews with the minister of foreign affairs relative
 to this question, will observe what action may be taken by the Swedish
 and Norwegian ofgicials a nd report to the Secretary of State accord-
 ingly.
       I have, &c.,
                                            JOHN L. STEVENS.
                        SWITZERLAND.
                              No. 458.
                       Mr. Fish to Wr. Evarts.
No. 129.]                 LEGATION OF TIHE UNITED STATESI
                  Berne, December 2, 1878. (Received December 27.)
   SIRp At the time of the attempts to assassinate the German Emperor,
the police of Germany inferred that the would-be assassins were con-
nected with the Socialists. Undoubtedly you have been informed by the
legation in Berlin whether this inference had any just cause. The fact
that Nobling had been in Geneva led the German police to suppose that
his dastardly crime had been the result of socialistic doctrines imbibed
on Swiss soil. At that time the newspapers stated that very strong rep-
resentations were made by General de Roeder, the German minister
here, on behalf of his government to the Federal Council, to induce them
to take active measures against the Socialists, and to suppress any in-
trigues they might be plotting.
  A few days afterwards I saw General de Roeder, who told me that the
'Swiss Government had, upon hearing of the attempt (Hoedel's) on the
Emperor's life, at once expressed in the most decided terms, and in beau-
tiful language, their abhorrence of the crime and their joy at the fail-
ure of the attack.
   He said that he himself had not made, on behalf of Germany, any
 extraordinary demands of the Federal Council, but had had occasion to
 ask their aid in having certain suspected parties watched.
 It is generally believed in diplomatic circles that after the second at.
SWITZERLAND.
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