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The Swiss Federal Council says Switzerland will defend itself and its neutrality, by force if need be

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There had been rumors of French military incursions into Swiss territory during the slow build-up to the eventual war between Austria and the French Empire. The Swiss government on this day made its abundantly clear that it desired no involvement of any kind in the conflict and made it clear it would use force to defend both Switzerland's borders and its neutrality. (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
The American Almanac and Repository of Useful Knowledge for the Year 1860 (Boston: Crosby, Nichols, and Company, 1860), 387.