368.117/113: Telegram

The Chargé in Greece (Hall) to the Secretary of State

126. Legation telegram numbered 121, August 9, 1p.m., and Legation despatch number 730 August 8th, 1921.29 Greek Government has wriggled out of contradiction by calling present offensive new stage of old war and refuse to release naturalized citizens of the United States whether or not ex-service men unless listed here in classes 1916 to 1921 inclusive. Have notified Greek Government that I consider explanation of contradiction unsatisfactory and again requested immediate release of all naturalized citizens of the United States as soon as possible. Universal Associated Press despatch published in New York Times June 18th, quotes Department as reporting only 20 cases enforced military service from here. Since Legation telegram numbered 82, June 7, 1 p.m., situation much worse. Now on file in Legation about 75 requests for assistance. Probably many more failed to notify Legation. Believe United States should take firmest stand in the matter especially as circumstances attending arrest often inhuman. Foreign Minister seems anxious to relieve situation but I am convinced receives no adequate support Minister of War.

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