File No. 6807.

The Secretary of State to Ambassador Tower.

No. 663.]

Sir: I inclose herewith a copy of a letter dated May 29, 1907, from Mr. George Stoetzel, in which he states that his son, Carlos Stoetzel, who came to the United States when he was 4 years of age, with his father, from Mulhausen, Alsace-Lorraine, is now resident at Bale (Basel), Switzerland, where he is learning the trade of a cook, and that he has been summoned to appear for military duty in Germany.

You are instructed to present the case of Mr. Carlos Stoetzel to the German Government, and to request that he be recognized as a citizen of the United States and relieved from military obligations to the German Government.

I inclose in proof of the naturalization of Mr. Carlos Stoetzel’s father, before he was 21 years of age, a certificate of naturalization issued in his father’s favor October 1, 1901, by the district court of the United States of the southern district of New York, at New York City. This certificate may be returned to the department when it has served its present purpose.

I am, etc.,

E. Root.

Mr. Stoetzel to the Secretary of State.

Dear Sir: I, the undersigned, George Stoetzel, a citizen of the United States, wish your advice as to the mode of procedure I must take in the following case, viz:

I landed in this country from Mulhausen, Alsace-Lorraine, in 1891. I have a son, Carlos Stoetzel, who landed here when he was 4 years old and graduated from public school in this city. Some two years ago I sent him to Bale, Switzerland, to finish learning his trade, viz, pastry cook and confections. During his sojourn there it has been his practice to visit mine and his relatives in Mulhausen, necessitating him crossing the border. He now informs me that he has been summoned to appear before the military authorities of Germany to show cause why he should not eventually join the army, in accordance with the conscript law of that country. Now, to make him a practical member of his trade he should at least serve another year, which will make him 19 years of age.

If you will advise me or use your good offices in the matter you will confer a favor upon,

Yours, very respectfully,

George Stoetzel,

No. 222 East Fifty-first Street.