Mr. Swenson to Mr. Hay.

No. 254.]

Sir: I inclose herewith, for your information, a copy of a letter which I addressed to a Mr. Severin Jacobsen, under date of December 30, 1901, relative to the question of his liability to military duty in Denmark.

I have, etc.,

Laurits S. Swenson.

Mr. Swenson to Mr. Jacobsen.

Sir: In reply to your interrogatories sent through the United States consul at this place, I beg to inform you that if it is your intention to return to the United States within a reasonable time with a purpose of residing and performing the duties of citizenship therein, you are not liable to military duty in Denmark.

It appears from the statement of your case that you emigrated to the United States before having attained the age fixed by Danish law for military service (22) or even for enrollment on the conscription lists (17); that the naturalization of your father as a citizen of the United States July 8,1893, conferred American citizenship upon you, [Page 373] being a minor at that time, and that you returned to your native country in July, 1899, where you have since resided. In view of these facts, the question of your exemption from military service must be determined by intention or nonintention to return to the United States, as stated above.

I would advise you to procure a United States passport as evidence that you wish to conserve your American citizenship.

Respectfully, yours,

Laurits S. Swenson