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United States Department of State / Papers relating to the foreign relations of the United States, with the annual message of the president transmitted to Congress December 7, 1903
(1903)

Germany,   pp. 411-451 PDF (15.4 MB)


Page 411

  411GERMANY. 
CONSTRUCTION OF TREATY PROVISION REGARDING ARREST AND DELIVERY TO GERMAN
CONSULS OF DESERTERS FROM GERMAN VESSELS IN UNITED STATES PORTS. 
Mr. von Holleben to hr. Hay. 
[Translation.] 
IMPERIAL GERMAN EMBASSY, 
Washington, December 5, 1901. 
 MR. SECRETARY OF STATE: The Rickmers Reismflhlen Ship Owning and Building
Stock Company, of Bremerhaven, has, in a statement which I append hereto
with a request that it be returned, addressed under date of October 26 of
this year to the foreign office at Berlin, exposed the rapid increase of
desertions of ship's crews in California, and asked that a remedy to this
evil be sought by means of representations through the diplomatic channel.
 The union of Hamburg shipowners had also, as far back as 1899, brought up
the question of the abuses occasioned by the practices of the shipping masters.
in inciting seamen to desert in various foreign ports, and especially at
Portland, Oreg., and asked whether support might not be given to the efforts
for the removal of these abuses put forth by the Portland Chamber of Qommerce,
by means of representations to the Government of the United States of America,
or of measures taken by the imperial consul at Portland. 
 The imperial consul at Portland and the imperial consul-general at San Francisco
have not succeeded, in spite of their strenuous endeavors, in bringing about
any improvement in the condition of things above mentioned. 
 By direction of the imperial Government I now have the lionor to bring the
foregoing to your excellency's knowledge, and to add thereto the request
that the Government of the United States earnestly apply itself to afford
an effectual remedy for the grievances of the German shipowners. 
 While awaiting your excellency's obliging answer, etc. 
HOLLEBEN. 
[Inelosure.] 
Riclcmers Reismühlen Rhederei & &h~ffbau, A. G., to the German
Foreign Office. 
[Translation.] 
BREMERHAVEN, October ~6, 1901. 
To the HIGH FOREIGN OFFICE: 
Desertion of ships' crews in Galifornia. 
 By these presents we take the liberty of drawing the attention of the high
foreign office to the desertions of ships' crews in California. These desertions
have unfortunately assumed for many long years wholly significant proportions,
and, what is most 


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