Mr. Coombs to Mr. Gresham.

No. 131.]

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.,

Frank L. Coombs.
[Inclosure 1 in No. 130.]

I, Emily Jane Smith, a loyal citizen of the United States, do hereby apply to the legation of the United States at Tokyo, Japan, for a passport for myself.

In support of the above application I do solemnly swear that I was born at Vladivostok, in Russia, on or about the 25th day of November, 1864, and that my father, Charles Henry Cooper, was a citizen of the United States, born in Sullivan County, N. Y., United States of America, about the year 1835, and that I am the widow of Oscar Fitzallen Smith, a citizen of the United States, born at Great Falls, N. H., United States of America, about the year 1839, and died at Vladivostock in 1889, and that I was married at Nagasaki, Japan, before the United States consul, Alexander C. Jones, on the 22d of November, 1884, according to the laws of the United States; that I since resided at Vladivostock and at Yokohama, Japan, and am now about to travel in Europe.

I desire the passport for the purpose of travel.

Oath of allegiance.

Further, I do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion. So help me God.

Emily Jane Smith.

Consulate-general of the United States at Kanagawa, Japan.

Sworn to before me this 26th day of June, 1893.

John McLean,
U. S. Deputy Consul-General.

Description of applicant.—Age, 28 years; stature, 5 feet 2 inches English; forehead, medium; eyes, brown; nose, medium; mouth, small; chin, medium; hair, dark brown; complexion, fair; face, oval.


June 26, 1893.

I hereby certify that I know the above-named Emily Jane Smith personally, and know her to be the identical person referred to in the within-described certificate of naturalization, and that the facts stated in her affidavit are true to the best of my knowledge and belief.

I. N. Crosby,
212 Bluff, Yokohama, Japan.
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[Inclosure 2 in No. 130.]

Memoranda of passports, etc., possessed by Mrs. Emily Jane Smith.

Passport issued to her father, Charles Henry Cooper, No. 4, September 12, 1885, by the U. S. legation at Seoul, Korea.

Passport issued to Oscar Fitzallen Smith, her husband, by Vice Consul-General Willie P. Mangum, at Shanghai, February 25, 1868.

Certificate of marriage issued by U. S. Consul Alex. C. Jones, at Nagasaki, November 22, 1884.