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                             No. 1113.
                      Mr. Bacon to Mr. Bayard.
No. 242.]                LEGATION OF THE UNITED STATES,
                Montevideo, August 26, 1888. (Received October 8.)
  SIRp: Some months ago an invitation was extended by the Argentine
and Uruguayan Republics to the South American States, including
Brazil, to attend a congress to be held at Montevideo on the 25th of
August, instant (being 1he "1natural independence day" of Uruguay),
for the purpose of discussing the subject of private international law.
  Judging from the comments of the press, it is intended to effect a
more general and common international law or regulation as to the
rights of"1 succession," wills, inheritance, citizenship, marriages,
domicile, etc.
  The South American States, with the exception of Venezuela and
Colombia, have sent delegates to the congress, and it was opened on
the 25th, yesterday (the ministers for foreign affairs of Argentine and
Uruguay presiding), in the presence Of the President and cabinet of
this Republic, the diplomatic corps, and other officials.
  The aforesaid ministers for foreign affairs delivered set speeches in
the names of their respective Governments welcoming the deputies and
inaugurating the congress. These speeches were very general, and did
not foreshadow even what would be submitted to the congress.
  Since the inauguration the congress has held its sessions with closed
doors, and IAothing is imparted as to its proceedings even to the news-
paper reporter.
  I am advised, however, that the efforts of the congress will be to agree
upon some "general international code of private rights," which,
to the advanced state of the Argentine and Uruguayan Governments
in certain regards, is greatly desired by them, especially so far as mar-
riages are concerned.
  The congress, itris supposed, will continue its sessions for two or three
      I am, etc.
                                                JOHN E. BACON.

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