Mr. Coleman to Mr. Bayard.
Berlin, September 12, 1887. (Received September 24.)
Sir: I have the honor to transmit herewith certain correspondence relating to the case of Peter Mackeprang, a naturalized citizen of the United States, whose application for the intervention of this legation for the purpose of securing the withdrawal of an order of expulsion issued against him by the Prussian authorities I have felt constrained to refuse.
Our consul at Hamburg presented Mackeprang’s application to this legation in a communication of the 11th of July last, which with its in-closures furnished the following facts:
Mackeprang was born April 24, 1848, at New Gellingsdorf, in Prussia, and emigrated in the fall of 1868, at the age of liability to perform active military duty, to the United States, where he claims to have been naturalized in 1873, submitting in proof of his American citizenship passport No. 7403 issued by the Department of State, under date of July 15, 1886. Early in June of the present year he returned to his native place with the intention, judging by his subsequent action, of remaining there permanently, since, on the occasion of an earlier visit made to that place about a year ago, he stated in response to the announcement that he had become liable to a fine of 300 marks that he would return again in a year to pay the fine and renew his allegiance to Prussia.[Page 572]
Under date of June 18 last, the royal government of Schleswig Holstein informed Maekeprang, in reply to his verbal application of the 4th of that month for re-admission to Prussian nationality, that his wish could not be granted; and under date of the 29th of that month he received, to a further application he is presumed to have made, a notification from the authorities confirming the refusal to re-admit him to Prussian nationality, but informing him that he would be permitted to continue his sojourn in that country until the 31st of July following, provided he demeaned himself properly. Finally, on the 18th of August last, he received a peremptory order to leave Prussia on the 31st of that month under penalty of forcible transportation beyond the frontier.
Such explanation as Mackeprang has furnished after long delay, in response to a request from the minister, in a letter accompanying a communication of the 1st instant from Consul Lang, at Hamburg, I have not found satisfactory, and have so stated in a communication addressed to that officer on the 3d instant, in which I inform him that in view of the circumstances of the case I should not feel justified in intervening for Mackeprang.
I have waited some days before reporting this case, in order that I might transmit with my report any further communication Mackeprang, who, I am informed by Consul Lang, has been awaiting the decision of the legation at Hamburg, to which place the order of expulsion does not apply, might see fit to make. No further communication has, however, been received from him.
I have, etc.,