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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 3, 1901

Germany,   pp. 158-198 PDF (3.1 MB)

Page 158

Ifr. White to 21ft. Hay. 
Berlin, January 17, 1901. 
 SIR: I have the honor to inform you that on the 11th ultimo the embassy
was informed by the consulate at Hamburg that Max Friedrich Schaaf had been
ordered to leave that city within fourteen days, and that intervention was
at once made in Schaaf's behalf to the end that he might be permittsd to
remain there until the autumn of 1901, or, if that were not convenient, until
next spring (F. P. No. 846.) Schaaf was born at Leipzig in 1872 and emigrated
with his parents in 1882 to the United States, where he became a citizen
through the naturalization of his father in 1889. After his father's death
he returned to Leipzig, in September, 1899, where he remained for about a
year, then going to Altona, near Hamburg. A short time after his arrival
in that city he was expelled from Prussia on account, it is said, of his
father having neglected to obtain his release from German allegiance before
his immigration, and he then moved to Hamburg, whereupon he soon received
the order referred to above. 
 To-day I have been informed by the foreign office that, in view of the embassy's
interest in the case, Schaaf will be allowed to remain in Hamburg until April,
but that the senate of the "Free and Hanse City" felt compelled to maintain
the order of expulsion, as it was assumed that Schaaf had emigrated in order
to evade military service. 
I am, etc., 
JJfr. Hay to JJfr. White. 
   Washington, February 5, 1901. 
 SIR: I have to acknowledge the receipt of your No. 1510, of the 17th ultimo,
reporting the case of Max Friedrich Schaaf, a naturalized American citizen,
who was taken to this country when 10 years old, became a citizen through
the naturalization of his father, and, having returned to Germany, has been
ordered to leave the city of Hamburg in April next. 
 The German contention in this case appears to be extreme and even scarcely
reasonable, as Mr. Schaaf emigrated in his father's care when only 10 years
old. This Government would much regret if this case, and others which have
within the past two years been reported to your 

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