File No. 5144/–1.

The Swiss Minister to the Secretary of State.

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.

Accept, etc.,


The Swiss consul at New York to the United States Commissioner of Immigration.

Dear Sir: I have the honor to inform you that I received from my Government a cablegram to the following effect:

“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.

Accept, etc.,

J. Bertschmann.