Mr. Coombs to Mr. Gresham.
Tokyo, Japan, June 26, 1893. (Received July 21.)
Sir: I have the honor to submit to you the following facts relative to the application of Mrs. Emily Jane Smith for a citizen’s passport, which is herewith inclosed, together with a memoranda of passports issued to her father and husband, and marriage certificate possessed by her.
Mrs. Smith was born in Vladivostock, her father being an American citizen. She is 28 years of age. Her parents are dead. She married in 1885 an American citizen. Her husband died in 1889. She has resided in Vladivostock and Japan all her life, never having been in the United States. She starts on the 3d proximo for Marseilles, in [Page 403]France, for the purpose of there marrying a Russian. She has now a passport issued by the governor of Vladivostock describing her as an American citizen. In her application she is unable to state that she will ever go to the United States to reside. On the contrary, she intends not to go there. I have denied her application. Mrs. Smith’s great anxiety for a passport leads me to send her affidavit to you with the request that if she is entitled to a passport one be issued by the Department and forwarded to her in care of the United States consul at Marseilles. She will arrive thereabout the 26th of August next. Mrs. Smith has fears that in case her plans through any mischance should fail she might be without protection. The proof of her citizenship appears to be conclusive, but it seems that she falls within the rule of those cases which would not leave me any discretion in granting her a passport.
I have, etc.,