The Secretary of State to Chargé Wilson.

No. 95.]

Sir: The Department has received your No. 331, Greek Series, of October 20, 1905, relative to the case of Panos Indares and his father, Lambros Indares. You ask whether you are to issue a passport to the son and recognize the father as an American citizen.

In reply you are informed that Panos Indares, as the Department understands, is the son of a citizen of the United States, although he [Page 513] was born in Greece; that he came to the United States before he was 21 years of age, and that he is now about to return. Under these circumstances the Department sees no reason for refusing him a passport. (See Van Dyne on Citizenship, p. 109 et seq.)

As for Lambros Indares, the circumstances surrounding his residence in Greece not being fully in the possession of the Department, it is unable to issue definite instructions. It is suggested that the propriety of recognizing him as an American citizen might not be difficult to determine by applying to his case the principles laid down in the Department’s circular of instruction of March 27, 1899,a on the subject of passports for persons sojourning abroad, a copy of which is herewith inclosed.

I am, etc.,

Elihu Root.