File No. 365.117/109.
Ambassador Page to the Secretary of State ad interim .
Rome , June 17, 1915 .
Sir: Referring to the Department’s telegram No. 254 of June 9 and telegram No. 261 of June 14 in regard to the detention by the military authorities of Ugo Da Prato, I have the honor to enclose herewith a copy of my last note to the Foreign Office upon the subject, [Page 567] which I have handed personally to the Foreign Office yesterday afternoon.
This case has been receiving the Embassy’s most earnest attention since it was first brought to its notice in November of last year by the American Consul at Leghorn, and it has been the subject of considerable correspondence between the Embassy and the Foreign Office.
Recognizing the importance of the principle on which this case is based, I took occasion to discuss again with the Minister for Foreign Affairs, the entire subject of the detention in Italy of native-born American citizens, born after the naturalization of their father.
I impressed on him the fact that it has, for more than a hundred years, been a traditional principle of the United States to protect its citizens, and that it was one which he would, I felt sure, recognize as impossible to be waived. He promised to have the question studied carefully at once.
I beg to enclose also a copy of the last note of the Minister of Foreign Affairs regarding the case.
I have [etc.]