File No. 763.72112/1408
The Ambassador in Germany (Gerard) to the Secretary of State
July 9, 1915.
[Received July 27.]
Sir: I have the honor to transmit herewith
a copy and a translation of a note verbale
from the German Foreign Office relative to the reciprocity of
treatment of claimants in prize court proceedings in Germany and in
the United States.
I have [etc.]
The German Foreign
Office to the American
No. IIIa 12475/92479]
According to section 37 of the German prize court regulations,
the costs of the prize court proceedings are charged to the
account of the Empire in those cases where the claim is allowed.
The Empire is furthermore to be debited in general with the
necessary expenses of the claimant in those cases where the
Imperial Chancellor declares that reciprocity is assured.
Proceedings have recently come before the German prize courts in
cases in which citizens of the United States of America have
been interested. From the material at hand, the Imperial
Chancellor is not in a position to declare, in the absence of
further data, that reciprocity on the part of the United States
is assured. The Foreign Office requests, therefore, that the
Embassy of the United States of America kindly obtain a binding
declaration from its Government to the effect that, in contrary
cases, the American prize courts would likewise recompense the
German claimants for their expenses.