File No. 4033/3.
The Secretary of State to Minister Wilson.
Washington , January 21, 1908 .
Sir: It appears from the correspondence with the consulate general at Buenos Aires, of which I inclose copies, that the moneys in an Argentine bank belonging to the estate of the late Frank Bates, who was an American citizen, have been unclaimed for more than one year, and under Argentine laws would now escheat to the Republic.
You are requested to bring this case to the attention of the Argentine Government with the object of obtaining possession of the estate under the provisions of article 9 of our treaty with the Argentine Republic; and if this can not be done, you will request such an exercise of the central power of the Argentine Government as will effect a delay in any proceedings now pending looking toward the forfeiture of the estate, in order that you may communicate with your Government. Meanwhile, in order that the department may be fully and accurately advised concerning the exact situation as to such estates in the Argentine Republic, you will send an early and full report to the department regarding the usual procedure in the administration of the estates of persons dying intestate in that country, covering in such report the general practice regarding the estates of deceased Argentine nationals, and giving fully the procedure concerning the estates of deceased foreigners, both of American and other nationalities. You will report particularly concerning the procedure in the Bates case.
I am, etc.,
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