Mr. Jackson to Mr. Olney.
Berlin, August 8, 1895. (Received Aug. 20.)
Sir: Respectfully referring to my dispatch, No. 323, of the 2d instant, relative to the case of Mr. Louis Stern, at Kissingen, I have the honor to inclose herein copies of certain correspondence in the matter, and to report further in regard to it.
On the 2d instant, after the dispatch above, referred to had been written, I sent a letter to Mr. Stern, and on the 3d and 4th instant I received letters from him, copies of all of which are herein inclosed (Nos. 1, 2, and 3).
The trial took place on Monday, the 5th, and it appears from a letter from the U. S. commercial agent at Bamberg, of the 7th instant (inclosure No. 7), which I received to-day in reply to my letter to him of the 6th (inclosure No. 5), that Mr. Stern “was found guilty of having resisted the authority of the State, and of having insulted a Royal official; and was sentenced to two weeks’ imprisonment and to pay a fine of 600 marks,” the charge of fraud having apparently been dropped. Mr. Stern had on the day after the trial sent me a telegram asking advice, to which I replied by telegram (inclosure No. 4) and letter (inclosure No. 6), and after the receipt of which I cabled (on the 6th instant) the Department.
The sentence in the case was a surprise to everybody. It was a foregone conclusion that Mr. Stern would be found guilty, but a fine was all that was expected, and that, it appears, is all that was asked for by the prosecuting officer. The Bavarian Government did all it could to bring about such a result, and only the independence of the judge made a sentence of imprisonment possible.[Page 461]
I saw Count Lerchenfeld again last night, and was told by him that the only way in which Mr. Stern could avoid going to jail would be by pleading for and obtaining a pardon or a commutation of the sentence from the prince regent of Bavaria—advice which I had already given Mr. Stern.
A copy of my letter to the U. S. commercial agent at Bamberg (inclosure No. 5) was transmitted to Consul-General Mason, at Frankfort on the Main, and to-day I received a letter from him (inclosure No. 8) commenting upon it, and to this I have replied that I think it advisable that the U. S. commercial agent at Bamberg, should make a report to the Department of State upon the whole case.
I have, etc.,