File No. 22918.
Minister Bryan to the Secretary of State.
Lisbon, December 14, 1909.
Sir: I have the honor to transmit herewith copies of the telegrams exchanged with the consul at St. Michael’s regarding the arrest in the island of Terceira of a minor son of Antonio S. Nunes, a naturalized American citizen. The father’s registration certificate has reached me since my first message to Mr. Creevey. In this document, a copy of which is also herewith inclosed, it is recorded that Nunes’s sons were born in Terceira and are living there now, hence my inquiry whether the young man imprisoned was residing in the United States at the time of his father’s naturalization or if he had lived there afterwards. In all cases with which I am familiar this point of a minor claimant’s residence in the country of the parent’s adoption has been deemed essential in deciding on the right of seeking protection from the American Government. The question having been satisfactorily settled by Consul Creevey, I had a preliminary talk with the minister for foreign affairs about the case. After I had addressed him the note, of which I transmit a copy, the minister appointed the following day for an interview. As I was prevented by illness from leaving the house, the secretary of legation went to the foreign office in my place. Mr. Lorillard was informed that the minister had already telegraphed to the proper authorities at Terceira for information, and that he would that day have an interview with the minister of war on the subject. Later, to-day or to-morrow, I expect a reply from the foreign office.
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