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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
(1902)

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


Page 71

 AuSTRIA-HuNGARY. 71 
 Yesterday, for the fifth time, Mr. Frommer presented himself at this mission,
requesting a renewal of his passport. Upon being questioned in regard to
his intention of returning to the United States with the purpose of residing
and performing the duties of citizenship therein, he practically stated that
his business as a hattei- at Krakau being in better shape he had no intention
of ever leaving this Empire. Pending instructions from the Department of
State I therefore refused to renew his passport in accordance with the latter
part of ~aragraph 150 of "Instructions to diplomatic officers of the United
States," which reads as follows: 
 The granting of a passport should also be withheld pending the instructions
of the Department where the applicant, whether native or naturalized, has
resided without the United States for a long period of time under such circumstances
as to warrant the inference that he has practically abandoned his country.
In all such eases the facts should be fully reported to the Department for
further instructions. 
 Mr. Frommer's original passport, No. 36444, issued by the Secretary of State
on the 2(1 day of April, 1892, and first above referred to, is inclosed herewith,
having lI)een found with the duplicate of his first application to this mission
for renewal of same on the 3d day of April, 1894. 
 I have, etc.,       ChANDLER HALE, 
  Chargé d'4/fa1re.~ ad interin/. 
Mr. flu?,, to lift. flu/c. 
No. 75.]    DEPARTMENT OF STATE, 
 Was1~lnqto'n, l~7~vember 19, 1902. 
 SIR: I have to acknowledge the receipt of your No. 30, of October 30, 1902,
reporting your refusal to i-enew passport in the ease of Harry Fronimer,
a native-born citizen of time U nited States. 
 It appears that Mr. Frommner, whose father was a naturalized citizen of
the United States of Austro-Hungarian origin, was horn in the city of New
York; that he left the United States in ~June, 1892, the bearer of passport
No. 36441, issued by the Department April 2, 1892; that in 1894 he applied
to the United States mission in Vienna for a renewal of his passport, which
was granted, he stating in his applica tion that he intended "to return to
the United States in six months." It appears further that in 1896 he was
granted a new passport by the United States legation for himself and his
wife, born at Krakau, Gahicia, where the said Frornmer has continued to live
for the past ten years; that on July 28, 1898, a third passport from the
same source was issued to Mr. Frommer, and that in 1900 he was granted a
fourth passport, "he declaring on this occasion that he intended to return
to the United States within one and a half years," or "as soon as he had
disposed of his hat business." Finally, you report, for the fifth time Mr.
Frommer presented himself at the embassy, requesting a renewal of his passport,
and that upon being questioned in regard to his intention of returning to
the United States with the pcmrpose of residing and performing the duties
of citizenship therein, he stated practically that his business as a hatter
at Krakau being in better shape he had no intention of ever leaving Europe.
 Your course in withholding a passport in this case is approved by 


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