Mr. Finch to Mr. Hay.
Montevideo, Uruguay, March 4, 1904.
Sir: I inclose copy and translation of a communication, with accompanying certificate,a from the minister of foreign affairs of this Republic, in relation to the recent detention and discharge of Louis E. Hufnagel by the Uruguayan military commander at Paysandu, Uruguay. Mr. Hufnagel is the bearer of passport No. 19, issued February 3, 1904, in renewal of passport No. 8, issued March 11, 1902, the latter in compliance with your No. 188, dated June 28, 1901, signed Hill, acting.
Mr. Louis E. Hufnagel is the son of John G. Hufnagel, of Paysandu, a naturalized citizen of the United States, but, now and for many years previously a regular resident of this Republic. Louis E. Hufnagel was born at Paysandu, and at the age of 17 was enrolled as a member of the national guard. This guard has been called out to assist in suppressing the impending insurrection, and, not reporting for duty, he was arrested and held in the cuartel for a short time. His release was ordered by the Government, but it does not concede his claim to exemption on the ground that he is a bona fide citizen of the United States.
According to the constitution and laws of Uruguay Mr. Hufnagel, having been born in the country, is a citizen thereof, and as such is subject to military duty and any and all other duties legally imposed on Uruguayan citizens.
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