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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 2, 1902

Austria-Hungary,   pp. 25-72 PDF (3.7 MB)

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 nearly fifty years ago, Mr. Lilienthal has never been in the United States,
and while he declares his intention to come hither within two years, this
statement, in your opinion, and in that of the Department~ so tar it is advised,
is negatived by the circumstances. Citizenship involves duties on the part
of the citizen as well as obligations on the part of the Government. rrhere
has been an entire absence of performance of duties of citizenship on the
part of the applicant. The tact that he does not become a subject of Turkey
does not alter the fact that he is not performing, and never has performed,
the ditties pertaining to American citizenship. Your action in withholding
passport is approved. 
 Returning the original papers communicated witli your (lespatch, as requested,
I am, etc., 
Aft. Aic (io'rmick to Air. Ifay. 
Vcnna, Ji~1 7, 1902. 
 Siu: I have the honor to report time following case of application for a
passport and to ask the Department's instructions with reference to same.
 Although of the opinion that I should grant tlie application in view of
an instruction, No. 52, by Mr. Sherman to Mr. Storer, miiiister at Brussels,
and dated November 8, 1897, 1. ask for the I)epartment's instructions, as
it is not a case in which inmniediate action is necessary. 
 A. M. Alexander, the father of the applicant, Theodor F. Alexander, emigrated
to the United States from Prussia, sailing from Hamburg on the 15th day of
May, 1854, and resided eighteen years uninterruptedly in the United States
to 1872, and was naturalized as a citizen of the United States before the
superior court of the city of New York, at New York, on October 1, 1860,
as shown by certificate of naturalizatiomi presented at this legation. In
1872 he, A. M. Alexander, left the United States and has since that time
resided in Europe, having been, until about six years ago, the junior partner
in the firm of Alexander Brothers, of New York City, and representing that
firm as buyer in Europe, and residing in Dresden until 1876, when he removed
to Vienna, which city has been sinc~ then and is now his home. He has visited
the United States but once since 1872. His son, Theodor F. Alexander, who
now applies for a passport, was born in Vienna on April 22, 1881, and has
just become of age and declares that it is his intention to go to the United
States within two years with the purpose of residing and performing the duties
of citizenship therein. He is a student at the University of Vienna and will
take his degree in the month of June, 1904, a lit~1e over the two years within
which he declares that it is his intention to go to the United States, but
as I construe the purpose of this declaration and considering the object
of the young man's remaining here until June, 1904, it is within the spirit
of the regulations. Moreover, A. M. Alexander states that he has three sons
who were born in the United States, are now residing, have spent most of

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