365.112Eagan, Edward P. et al.
The Ambassador in Italy ( Fletcher ) to the Secretary of State
[Received September 3.]
Sir: I have the honor to transmit herewith a translation of a personal letter from the Italian Undersecretary of State to me,4 enclosing an Aide Memoire, intended as a reply to my representations to the Italian Government, based on an Aide Memoire of which a copy is enclosed, in the case of the arrest of the American boys … at Naples on October 16, 1925.[Page 441]
The reply of the Foreign Office was handed to the Counselor of this Embassy on the 18th, instant, by Undersecretary of State, Grandi, who explained to Mr. Robbins that he was delivering the Note to him personally in order that his action might be more friendly and informal. The Undersecretary declared that the police authorities at Naples had been reprimanded for not notifying the Consul General of the arrest of the three Americans, but that this fact had not been mentioned in the enclosure with his personal letter. He added that the omission of this statement was owing to the fact that, according to the Consular Convention between the United States and Italy,5 the Italian authorities were in no way obligated to make such reports, although in the past it had been customary to do so.
The Counselor emphasized again the hardships suffered by the young men through the stupidity of the police authorities, and said that one could readily understand that three young men in good standing, who were on their way around the world, could scarcely be anything but humiliated and disappointed at being taken off a passenger ship on which they were about to embark for Egypt and India. He pointed out also that had the police authorities taken the trouble to communicate immediately with the American Consul General the mistake and arrest would in all probability not have occurred.
I have [etc.]
Counselor of Embassy