Mr. Lee to
Vienna , June 23, 1887. (Received July 9.)
Sir: I have the honor to inclose a copy of the application of Mr. Charles Laszlo for a passport, with the request that I may be instructed as to the proper action to be taken in the case. Admitting that the issue of naturalization papers and identity could be properly proven, his statement of facts raises the following doubts as to the bona fides of his intention to return to the United States with a purpose of residing and performing the duties of citizenship there.
Mr. Laszlo left his native land (Hungary) an outlaw, resided sixteen years in the United States, and was naturalized. At the first opportunity, viz, the proclamation of amnesty, he returned to his native land and has remained there uninterruptedly for twenty years, having what is apparently permanent employment. The desire to remove the legacy to his children from the jurisdiction of the United States to that of his native country does not suggest an early permanent return. One would also suppose that an indefinite intention of a permanent return on the part of a man now seventy-one years old was not very likely to be carried out. I may also add that his children, having been born in Hungary since his naturalization, will depend for their status upon that now accorded to the father by the Department of State, and I consider it important for this legation that the case should now receive the attention of the Government.
I have, etc.,