File No. 365.117/553
Ambassador Page to the Secretary of State
Rome , May 4, 1917 .
Sir: Referring to the Department’s instruction No. 498 of March 6, instructing the Embassy at the request of Mr. Joseph Nicholas Orocchi’s relatives in America to ask the Italian Government that he be assigned to a hospital or ambulance corps, I have now the honor to report to have received to-day a reply from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs saying that the Ministry of War greatly regrets its inability to comply with the wishes expressed. I enclose herewith translation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ reply as well as the translation of the note from the Ministry of War enclosed with the Foreign Office’s reply.
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