Mr. Hale to Mr. Hay.
Vienna, July 19, 1904.
Sir: Referring to the Department’s unnumbered dispatch of August 19, 1903, instructing that inquiry be made of the Imperial and Royal Austro-Hungarian Government whether permission would be granted to the United States Government to station at the ports of embarkation of this Empire officers of the United States Public Health and Marine-Hospital Service to make a medical inspection of all persons intending to emigrate to the United States, and thereby facilitate the enforcement of the immigration act of March 3, 1903, I have the honor to inform you that in reply to my note of September 2 last, the foreign office, in a note of recent date, states that it is not possible, in conformity with the existing regulations governing the practice of medicine in this country, to permit foreign sanitary officers not licensed (in Austria) to make such a medical inspection; but [Page 93] that the Austrian government is disposed, however, to permit American sanitary officials to be present at the medical inspections made by the Austrian authorities of all persons intending to emigrate to the United States and that they (our representatives) may on such occasions, if deemed necessary, express their opinions.
As will be seen from the reply above referred to (a copy of which, together with translation is inclosed herewith), the Austrian government asks a guaranty from the United States Government that in all cases where emigrants may embark after passing the required medical inspection on this side in the presence of an American sanitary official and with the consent of the latter, they will not later be refused admittance by the United States immigration authorities on the basis of the act of March 3, 1903, saving when the reason justifying such refusal has developed after the medical examination at the port of embarkation. Respecting which, as well as in regard to a more detailed statement as to the sphere of action which the United States Government wishes to have granted to its sanitary officers, the Austrian government awaits further correspondence.
As also will be seen from the inclosed note from the foreign office, the Hungarian government’s reply is on the same general lines as those of the Austrian government.
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