File No. 22819/5.

Chargé Lorillard to the Secretary of State.

No. 593.]

Sir: Referring to the department’s telegraphic instructions of January 12, 1910, relative to the arrest for nonperformance of military service of Antonio Silveira Nunes, jr., at Terceira, Azores, which was the subject of this Legation’s dispatch No. 574, of December 14, 1909, I have the honor to report that before the receipt of the instructions Mr. Bryan protested at the foreign office against the detention of Nunes, whicn protest he renewed in my presence at his farewell audience with the minister for foreign affairs, and at the same time left with him a memorandum, a copy of which is herewith inclosed,1 based on the department’s cable.

Yesterday the foreign minister stated to me that he had conferred about the case with the Minister of War, who had telegraphed to Terceira for additional information in the premises, and that the department’s views on Nunes’s nationality were being considered by the law officers of his department. The minister promised to give me a definite answer before the end of the week and he intimated that Nunes would probably be released. This I cabled to the department last evening.

I have, etc.,

George Lorillard.
  1. Not printed, see telegram.