Mr. Tripp to Mr. Olney.
Vienna, February 28, 1897. (Received March 20.)
Sir: I have the honor to hand you herewith copy of correspondence of this legation with the imperial and royal ministry of foreign affairs of Austria-Hungary in the case of Mae or Mendel Tewel.
It seems from the note of the ministry of foreign affairs that Mr. Tewel’s arrest was caused by reason of the erroneous name given in the certificate of naturalization and passport, in which he was described as Mae Tewel instead of Mendel Tewel, his true name, and that he was discharged upon proof that he was in fact the person to whom the papers were issued.
I have no information as to how the error occurred, but am led to presume that the clerk who made the entry of the judgment of naturalization in his case may, as has in so many other cases occurred, have incorrectly understood and written the foreign name in his records, and the victim of such mistake has for reasons of supposed safety subsequently adopted it as his true name.
I have, etc.,