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Alien enemies-IDs, German personal statement
(1942)

[Letter from law firm of Deneen and Massena inquring about what Alfred B.M. Smith has been charged with and offering to represent Smith],   pp. [11]-[12]


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DENEEN AND MASSNA
ATTORNEYS 9ND COUNST:LORS
CHICAGO
March 26, 1942
Colonel Distolhorst,
Commanding Officer,
Camp McCoy,
Sparta, Wisconsin.
Dear Sir:
At the suggestion of Colonel Weber of the Provost Marshal's
Office in Chicago, we are writing yoki to see whether or not you will
grant the writer an interview with Alfred B. M. Smith, one of
your internees. We would like to have this interview on some day
next week, preferably after March '50th, either on Tuesday, March 31,
Wednesday, April 1 or Friday, Kpril 3. If it cannot be arranged
that soon, of course we shall arrange our time accordingly. A
choice of dates would be preferable. If it must be on a week-end
we shall so arrange our affairs.
For your information, the request for this interview comes
as a result of a letter written by Mr. Smith to the late Senator
Charles S. Deneen, who until his death in 1940 was a senior member
of this firm. It seems that Senator Deneen has assisted Mr. Smith
back in 1930 on a question of proper entry into the Uniteu States.
Mr. Smith asked Senator Deneen to look into his matter and if there
was merit in it to see if he could represent hlTj. As former part-
ners of Senator Deneen we have continued the business of the firm
and of the Senator's, and consequently we have made a preliminary
investigation of the matter with the prooer army officers in Chicago
and, through our associate, with the War Deooartment in Washington.
We can find no record of the reason for Mr. Smith being taken into
custody by the Army Intelligence.
Frankly, what we want to do is to find out whether this
in a c,se of where this man is an actual enemy of the country (even
though a naturalized citizen) and, if so, we do not want to have
anything to do with his matter, or if he is a person who, in the
natural excitement following the bombing of Pearl Harbor, was taken
into custody and is innocent. If the latter we feel that he is
entitled to representation. We make this explanation because we
w6nt you to know that we approach this with the attitude of cooper-
ation. Since it the present   ime there are apParently no records
as to the reason Mr. Smith was taken into custody, we thought that
by a conference with him we might be able to learn with what charges


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