No. 276.
Mr. White to Mr. Evarts.

No. 169.]

Sir: I have the honor to state that I have this day forwarded a note to Count Limburg-Stirum, acting minister of foreign affairs, in reference to the case of Jacques Loeb, of which I inclose a copy.

Although there is little doubt that the German Government will bring Loeb’s case under its recent decision in regard to the non-applicability of the treaties of 1868 to Alsace-Lorraine, I have not felt warranted in so far acquiescing in their interpretation as to desist from sending in applications of this kind.

It seems to me that in view of any future negotiations, it would be a mistake to be silent, and so to appear to consent to their doctrine on this subject.

I have, &c.,

[Inclosure in No. 169.]

Mr. White to Count Limburg Stirum.

The undersigned, envoy extraordinary and minister plenipotentiary of the United States of America, has the honor to call the attention of his excellency Count Limburg Stirum, acting minister of foreign affairs, to the case of Jacques Loeb, a citizen of the United States.

According to Mr. Loeb’s statements he was born in Reichshofen, Alsace-Lorraine, on the 31st March, 1855, emigrated to the United States in August, 1872, and was naturalized there 30th June, 1879, as is shown by the accompanying certificate of naturalization, the ultimate return of which is respectfully requested.

It further appears that the said Loeb returned to his native place in the summer of the present year, was arrested by the authorities there, but was released on exhibition of his American citizen paper.

The payment of a fine of 600 marks for avoidance of military duty was then demanded by the authorities, who informed Loeb that he could apply for a pardon which would free him from this fine. This Loeb states that he did, but received an unfavorable reply to his petition since his return to America, where he now is.

The undersigned brings these statements to the notice of his excellency Count Limburg-Stirum, hoping that in the present case an annoying fine may, if the facts prove to be as stated, be removed from an American citizen who showed his bona fides by only remaining in Germany a few weeks on a visit to his native place, instead of claiming to remain two years under the treaty of 1868, as interpreted by the German Government in all cases previous to October, 1880.

The undersigned avails himself, &c.,