Ambassador White to the Secretary of State.

No. 12.]

Sir: I beg leave to inclose herewith an application for a passport from Rocco Gioffri, who claims to be an American citizen, resident at Port Chester, N. Y., together with his alleged naturalization paper and a passport issued in his name on December 21, 1904. Gioffri had apparently not been five years in America when he obtained his naturalization certificate, but the consul at Palermo, Mr. Caughy, reports that, being carefully questioned several times, Gioffri insisted that he was sure of his dates. It is also to be noted that if the man himself obtained his passport on December 21, 1904, he would probably know that he did not need another one within six months.

I am, etc.,

Henry White.