File No. 5144/–1.
The Swiss Minister to the
Secretary of State.
Legation of Switzerland,
Washington, March 14,
Dear Sir: I have the honor to transmit to your
excellency the copy of a letter addressed by the Swiss consulate in New
York to the Hon. Rob. Watchorn, United States Commissioner of
Immigration on Ellis Island, New York, requesting that one Charles
Alphonse Leuba, a [Page 1044] passenger
on La Touraine, of Havre on March 9, and a Swiss
fugitive from justice, be detained on Ellis Island and returned to
Switzerland on account of embezzlement of more than 1,500 francs.
Mr. Bertschmann, the Swiss consul in New York, asks this legation to
sustain and recommend his request in case that appeal from the special
board of inquiry should be taken.
I should be very thankful if your excellency would kindly forward the
inclosed copy to the United States Commissioner-General of Immigration
and inform him of the facts above mentioned.
The Swiss consul at New
York to the United States
Commissioner of Immigration.
York, March 12,
Dear Sir: I have the honor to inform you
that I received from my Government a cablegram to the following
“Charles Alphonse Lueba, commissioner, originating from Buttes, 22
years of age, prosecuted on account of embezzlement of more than
1,500 francs, committed in Neuchatel during January and February,
1907, by collecting money for Henry Grin, his employer; escaped and
took passage on steamer La Touraine, off
Havre, on Saturday, March 9, for New York, in second cabin, under
the name of Charles Leuba. Detention and deportation with money
through immigration authorities requested, and your report
anticipated in due time. Warrant follows. Description of Leuba, to
wit, about 5 feet 10 inches, medium stout, blonde, eyes blue, teeth
decayed, eyelids red.”
Referring to the above, there is for the present nothing else for me
to do in the premises than to ask you, honorable sir, to kindly
comply with the request.