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United States Department of State / Index to the executive documents of the House of Representatives for the second session of the fiftieth Congress, 1888-'90
(1888-1889)

Switzerland,   pp. 1496-1545 PDF (23.3 MB)


Page 1545


                          SWITZERLAND.                        1545
unambiguous in their terms and are ample for the purpose for which
they were devised. To enter, therefore, into a new engagement, such as
is proposed in the convention now under consideration, might work a
positive disadvantage by complicating the present situation with new
questions as to federal power.
  Therefore, as previously stated, after an attentive examination of the
whole subject, and after awaiting some authoritative expression of
opinion from the judicial branch of the Government upon the point
which it had left untouched in its former decisions, the President has
decided not to recommend to the Senate its advice and consent to the
ratification of the treaty signed February 14,1885.
      Accept, etc.,
                                                  T. F. BYAiun.
                             N0o. 1051.
                      Mr. Rives to Mr. Kloss.
                                    DEPARTMENT OF STATE,
                                        Washington, June 23, 1888.
   SIR: I have the honor, in reply to Colonel Frey's note of the 31st
 of January last, inclosing a note dated 13th of January, addressed to
 the Secretary of State, by the President of the Swiss Confederation, on
 the subject of placing under one management the international bureau
 for the protection of industrial property and the bureau of literary and
 artistic works, to say that it is understood by this Government that
 in charging the Swiss Government with the administration of these
 bureaus, the details of their organization and management within the
 terms of the convention and final protocol were left entirely to the dis-
 cretion of your Government.
   There is no doubt that this trust will be discharged with due regard
 to the interests of all the members of the International Union, and
 since the -President and Chancellor of the Swiss Confederation in their
 communication of January 13 declare that the step in question has been
 taken with a view to economical administration, this Government cor-
 diaily approves it.
       Accept, etc.,                           G.oL. RIVES,
                                                 Acting Secretary.
                               No. 1052.
                   Mr. Bayard to Mr. de Olaparide.
                                 DEPARTMENT OF STATE,
                                    Washington, November 28, 1888.
   SIRp: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your note of the
 27th instant, in which you convey the sad intelligence of the death of
 His Excellency President HIertenstein on the preceding day.
   I instantly communicated by telegraph to the Chancellor of the Swiss
 Confederation the sorrow experienced by the people of the United States
 in the loss of the honored head of the Swiss Republic.
       Accept, etc.,T.FBA                                     RD


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