Mr. Uhl to Mr. Breckinridge.
Washington, May 3, 1895.
Sir: I inclose a copy of a letter from Mr. Robert M. Lewis, respecting the case of John Ginzberg, a naturalized American citizen, under arrest in Russia.
It appears that Ginzberg left Russia at the age of 14, four years before any obligation to perform military service could have accrued. He was duly naturalized as an American citizen and received a passport from this Department on October 8 last, the statements in his application corresponding with those of Mr. Lewis’s letter. It is said that he was arrested on crossing the Russian frontier, thrown into jail at Minsk Pinsk and is now held under surveillance while his case is being considered at St. Petersburg.
You will investigate the case and use your good offices in his behalf.
I am, etc.,