File No. 9254/4.

Ambassador Tower to the Secretary of State.

No. 1289.]

Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your dispatch No. 763 of the 11th of January, 1908,1 in which you inclosed to me a copy of a letter from Mr. Joseph Mayer, dated Ephrata, Douglas County, Wash., the 31st of December, 1907, inquiring as to the status of his military case, so called.

I have the honor to report that in accordance with the instructions contained in Mr. Adee’s dispatch No. 725 of the 14th of October, 1907, a note was addressed to the imperial German ministry for foreign affairs on the 1st of November, 1907, submitting the case of Mr. Mayer, and requesting that his American citizenship be recognized, his name stricken from the German military lists, any fine that may be outstanding against him for alleged evasion of military service in Germany dismissed, and that he be permitted to visit his former home, as he desires. No reply to this note has yet been received by me, the time required by the German Government for the investigation and decision of military cases being, on an average, four months. I shall not fail to communicate to you the decision of the German Government in this matter as soon as it is received by me.

I have, etc.,

Charlemagne Tower.
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