Ambassador White to the Secretary of State.
Rome, Italy , September 28, 1905 .
Sir: I have the honor to transmit herewith for your information correspondence between the minister for foreign affairs and myself regarding the enforced service in the Italian army of one Giuseppe Formica, a naturalized American citizen of Italian origin.
Formica wrote to the embassy in July last that he was being compelled to serve in the Fourth Company of the Fifty-ninth Infantry Regiment at Exilles, province of Turin, and furnished the following material information: That he was born in Italy in 1882; emigrated to the United States when 8 years of age, and returned to Italy some time after December last, being then more than 20 years old. In proof of his American citizenship he produced his passport, No. 95840, issued by the Department on December 1, 1904, and the certificate of his naturalization before the United States district court for the western district of Pennsylvania on May 1, 1903.
As the principle laid down by the foreign office corresponds with the Department’s “Notice to citizens formerly subjects of Italy who contemplate returning to that country,” dated March 18, 1901,a I see no reason to take any further steps in the matter.
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