Mr. White to Mr. Hay.
Berlin, January 17, 1901.
Sir: I have the honor to inform you that on the 11th ultimo the embassy was informed by the consulate at Hamburg that Max Friedrich Schaaf had been ordered to leave that city within fourteen days, and that intervention was at once made in Schaaf’s behalf to the end that he might be permittsd to remain there until the autumn of 1901, or, if that were not convenient, until next spring (F. P. No. 846.) Schaaf was born at Leipzig in 1872 and emigrated with his parents in 1882 to the United States, where he became a citizen through the naturalization of his father in 1889. After his father’s death he returned to Leipzig, in September, 1899, where he remained for about a year, then going to Altona, near Hamburg. A short time after his arrival in that city he was expelled from Prussia on account, it is said, of his father having neglected to obtain his release from German allegiance before his immigration, and he then moved to Hamburg, whereupon he soon received the order referred to above.
To-day I have been informed by the foreign office that, in view of the embassy’s interest in the case, Schaaf will be allowed to remain in Hamburg until April, but that the senate of the “Free and Hanse City” felt compelled to maintain the order of expulsion, as it was assumed that Schaaf had emigrated in order to evade military service.
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