File No. 22918/7.
Chargé Lorillard to the Secretary of State.
Lisbon, January 31, 1910.
Sir: In continuation of my No. 5952 of the 25th instant, relative to the arrest and imprisonment of Antonio Silveira Nunes, jr., a minor son of a naturalized American citizen, for nonperformance of military service, I have the honor to report that on the 26th instant the minister for foreign affairs verbally informed me that orders for Nunes’s release had been cabled to Terceira on the previous Monday, as he had promised me would be done in his interview with me of the 23d instant. On the 27th the minister confirmed this information in a formal note, a copy and a translation of which are herewith [Page 834] inclosed. In view of section 2 of article 22 of the Portuguese Civil Code, a copy and a translation of which are inclosed herewith, the note expresses the hope that the apparent conflict between the American and Portuguese laws on the subject of the nationality of minor children of naturalized citizens may be settled to the satisfaction of both Governments.
In my reply, a copy of which is also inclosed, I informed the minister that I would transmit you a copy of his note for such action as you may desire to take on the question.
I have, etc.,
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