368.117/129: Telegram

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

17. Question of military service Greek Americans again in highly unsatisfactory state due to the failure Greek Government to carry out promises made. … Government now states that only those men whose exemption has been requested up to this time will be freed; this list includes 80 names, … In all future cases of men arriving or already in Greece no one exempt unless naturalized before January 15th, 1914. Neither service United States nor age will be considered if man owes military service here. Request Department to warn all naturalized Greeks against returning to Greece at this time unless naturalized before January 15th, 1914. If United States cannot stop these men from coming here extra help will have to be assigned to this Legation at once as present staff entirely unable to handle question which becomes greater with each arriving boat.