Mr. Runyon to Mr. Olney.
Berlin, September 2, 1895. (Received Sept. 18.)
Sir: I have the honor to inclose herewith a copy of a note to-day addressed by me to the Imperial foreign office, relative to an indorsement [Page 540] made on a passport issued by the Department of State to one Jacob Malin Weiler, by the local police officials of Sorau, Prussia, stating that Mr. Weiler had been expelled from Prussian territory in March, 1894. Our consul at Leipsic, at which place Mr. Weiler now is, states that the cause of the expulsion was that Mr. Weiler was a Mormon, but of the expulsion no complaint has been made. The value of the passport has, however, been so impaired by this indorsement—Mr. Weiler stating that on account of it he has met with continual difficulties—that he deemed it expedient to apply for a new one, although the one held had not expired.
Under the circumstances, I felt it my duty to bring the matter to the attention of the German Government in order, if possible, to prevent for the future the making, by any German official, of similar indorsements upon other American passports.
I have, etc.,