Mr. Adee to Mr. Harris.

No. 41.]

Sir: Referring to previous correspondence relative to the military-service case of Mr. Efraim Rubin, a naturalized American citizen of Austrian birth, I have to acknowledge the receipt of your dispatch No. 33, of the 1st instant, concerning the application of Mr. Rubin for the sum of $9,000 damages on account of his arrest and imprisonment by the Austrian authorities for the nonperformance of military duty, and for the sum of $3,000 in addition by way of solatium.

In reply I have to say that it is not the practice of the Department to present claims arising out of the military arrest and detention of naturalized American citizens who return to the country of their birth.

I am, etc.,

Alvey A. Adee,
Acting Secretary.