Mr. Sherman to Mr. White.

No. 31.]

Sir: I have to inform you that Mr. Uhl’s dispatch No. 374, of the 7th instant, relative to his interviews with the German minister for foreign affairs in regard to the question of extending the existing treaties of naturalization with Germany to Alsace-Lorraine, has been received.

The precedents to which Mr. Uhl refers as having been adduced by him in Jonas Lippmann’s case to show the admissions heretofore made by the Imperial Government that existing treaties are applicable to the territory of Alsace-Lorraine only serve to illustrate the inconsistent attitude of the imperial foreign office in regard to this important question during the twenty-seven years that have passed since the incorporation of the Reichsland.

Respectfully, yours,

John Sherman.