File No. 365.117/98.

The Secretary of State ad interim to Ambassador Page.


261. Your 321, June 10. Inform Italian Government Ugo Da Prato has been residing in Italy temporarily to study architecture. His father, Antonio Da Prato, has been there representing his firm, A. Da Prato Company of Boston, dealers in marble and works of art, and also preparing exhibit of company for Panama Exposition. As his stay in Italy has been in the interest of trade and commerce between that country and the United States, it seems manifestly unreasonable to apply to him the provision of Italian law mentioned in your telegram. For this reason and because Ugo Da Prato was born an American citizen and evidently had no intention to resume Italian nationality, it is earnestly hoped latter will be speedily released.