Mr. Uhl to Mr. Olney.

No. 240.]

Sir: I have the honor to inclose herewith a copy of a note to-day addressed by me to the Imperial foreign office, intervening in behalf of Casimir Hartmann, a naturalized American of Alsatian birth, who has been impressed into German military service, and to be, sir, etc.,

Edwin F. Uhl.
[Inclosure in No. 240.]

Mr. Uhl to Baron von Rotenhan.

F. O. No. 154.]

The undersigned ambassador, etc., of the United States of America has the honor to invite the attention of his excellency Baron von Rotenhan, acting secretary of state for foreign affairs, to the case of Casimir Hartmann, a naturalized American citizen, born in Alsace.

The embassy is informed that when about 15 years of age, in May, 1886, Hartmann was taken by his mother to the United States, and that about five years ago he became naturalized as a citizen there. In July last the family returned to Alt-Lixheim, in Alsace, where Hartmann’s mother owns property. On August 1, 1896, Hartmann was arrested and taken to Finstingen, where he was kept in prison for two days and then released. On November 9 he was again arrested and taken to Saarburg, but was almost immediately set free again. On December 28 he was for the third time arrested and was taken to Saargemund, from there to Gottingen, and eventually to Goslar, where he was impressed into the Prussian military service, and where he is now said to be serving as a soldier in the Seventh Company of the Second Hessian Infantry Regiment, No. 82, his American papers having been taken from him.

The undersigned has the honor to request that his excellency will kindly cause this case to be investigated at once, and that, if the facts therein are found to be substantially as stated, his excellency will further use his good offices to effect the immediate release of this American citizen from enforced military service in Germany, and to obtain the return to him of the certificate of his American naturalization.

The undersigned avails himself, etc.,

Edwin F. Uhl.