Mr. Tower to Mr. Hay.
Berlin, June 11, 1904.
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Regarding the case of Emil Vibert, a naturalized American citizen, who has asked for permission to return to Lorraine upon a visit to his father, I have received a note from Doctor von Mühlberg, a copy and a translation into English of which are hereto attached, in which the acting secretary of state says, in answer to my request that the fine imposed upon Mr. Vibert for nonperformance of military duty should be removed, that, “the annulment of the fine and costs could be obtained only as an act of grace”, and, therefore, he suggests that Mr. Vibert shall address to the Emperor a petition for the annulment of the fine with costs and for his release from German allegiance.
If Mr. Vibert chooses to avail himself of this proposition and will send to me accordingly a petition addressed to the Emperor, I shall transmit it, with your approval, to the imperial ministry for foreign affairs, and shall support it, in so far as may be proper for me to do so. I am inclined to believe that such a petition would be granted.
I have, etc.,