The Chargé in Germany (Gordon) to the Acting Secretary of State
[Received July 11.]
Sir: With reference to my telegram No. 106 of June 17, and the Department’s answering telegraphic instruction No. 75 of June 22, I have the honor to report that I have made the oral representations directed at the Foreign Office and impressed upon it the necessity for prompt action before any adverse administrative procedure should tend to become crystallized. Dr. Dieckhoff quite appreciated the point and [Page 462] certainly showed no inclination to contest our view that the law may have the effect of contravening our Treaty of Friendship, Commerce and Consular Rights with Germany; he promised that he would do his best to expedite an answer, but, as the Department is aware from various despatches from this Embassy of the impotence into which the Foreign Office has fallen, a prompt answer can not be too confidently expected.
As for the law in question, it is an omnibus law and the only pertinent part is Chapter 2 thereof, the text and translation of which are herewith transmitted.
I am also forwarding, as instructed, a memorandum in the premises prepared by the Consulate General.1 This memorandum may be regarded as merely preliminary, and as further specific instances of discrimination effected by the law come to hand—which they undoubtedly will in considerable number—they will be transmitted to the Department.
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