Mr. Runyon to Mr. Olney .
Berlin , October 7, 1895 . (Received Oct. 25.)
Sir: It seems to me quite proper to report to the Department some of the collateral circumstances in regard to the application of Mr. Louis Stern to the Government of Bavaria for a pardon or commutation. From the time when the application was made, the Bavarian press in general opposed it and the popular expressions indicated that the demand for refusal was based not so much on the feeling that it would be necessary in order to vindicate the law, as to exhibit impartiality in the administration of it. In this latter aspect reference was made not only to the fact of the applicant’s reputed wealth, but also to the circumstance that he is a foreigner, and also even to hisrace. And, further, [Page 482] reference was made to a somewhat recent case—the Fuchsmühle case—in which the law was enforced with government interference against peasants charged with trespass. Evidence of this feeling is found in the accompanying translation of extracts from speeches recently delivered in the Bavarian Parliament.
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