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GENERAL

PROPOSED DISPOSITION OF PROPERTY HELD BY THE ALIEN PROPERTY

CUSTODIAN-Continued

Date and number

Subject

Page

1928 June 16

475

June 22

483

484

June 26 (492/R)

Aug. 3

485

To the British Embassy

Suggestion that the British Government may desire to
instruct the Public Trustee to discontinue actions in Supreme
Court of the District of Columbia to recover certain ex-enemy
securities turned over by him pursuant to an agreement reached
in October 1921 after conferences between representative of the
Public Trustee and the Alien Property Custodian. Observa-
tion that the action of Public Trustee is in repudiation of an
arrangement entered into in good faith and scrupulously ob-
served by Alien Property Custodian.
To the Austrian Minister

Statement by Commissioner of the Tripartite Claims Com-
mission of June 5 (text printed) explaining impossibility of
granting certification without accurate knowledge of maximum
of judgments which can be rendered against Austria, advising
that plans have been made to facilitate matters by affording
opportunity for agents of the respective governments to explain
to Commission progress in each case; information that Hungar-
ian cases will be dealt with separately.
From the Hungarian Chargé

Inquiry as to time limit for filing claims for return of prop-
erty of Hungarian nationals, disposition of unclaimed property
of Hungarian nationals, and amounts of Hungarian property
held by Alien Property Custodian.
To the Hungarian Chargé

Information from Alien Property Custodian that property
held to credit of Hungarian citizens will not be credited to
German Government, that there is no time limit for filing a
claim, and that he will be glad to furnish list of persons for
whom his office holds assets when release of Hungarian prop-
erty is begun, but that at present he does not have a sufficient
force to do so.
To the First Secretary of Embassy in France

Transmittal to First Secretary, as acting American observer
on the Reparation Commission, of queries from War Claims
Arbiter for information to assist in determining the value of
seized German shipping.
From the Chargé in France

Replies to queries of War Claims Arbiter as secured from
Reparation Commission's records and after consultation with
the competent officials.
From the Austrian Minister

Request that all sequestrated property of the Austrian
Government, including trust held by the Austrian Tobacco
Monopoly, be transferred to the Austrian special deposit
account.
From the Chargé in Rumania

Desire of Ministry of Finance that steps be taken to hasten
release of assets of the Austro-Hungarian Bank seized by
Alien Property Custodian, in order that the portion of these
assets assigned to Rumania might be available to it as soon
as possible.

Aug. 21

48

Sept. 7

486

487

Oct. 6
(1900/70)

488

Oct. 6

(643)

GENERAL

PROPOSED DISPOSITION OF PROPERTY HELD BY THE ALIEN PROPERTY

CUSTODIAN—Continued

Date and number

Subject

Page

489

489

1928 Oct. 15 From the Alien Property Custodian

Information that the necessary procedure has been ordered to comply with Austrian Minister's request for transfer of

funds belonging to the Austrian Government. Oct. 30 | From the British Embassy

Inability to concur in U. S. construction that the 1921 negotiations resulted in an agreement between the two Governments or in U. S. suggestion that the Public Trustee is endeavoring to repudiate an arrangement entered into in good faith and scrupulously observed by the Alien Property Custodian. Assurance that the suit is merely an attempt to obtain a definite interpretation of the legal position in regard to court decisions subsequent to the negotiations mentioned. Regret that the British Government do not see their way clear to instruct Public Trustee to discontinue the court actions.

PROPOSALS TO EUROPEAN COUNTRIES FOR AGREEMENTS AND TREATIES REGARD

ING NATURALIZATION, DUAL NATIONALITY, AND MILITARY SERVICE

1928 Mar. 1

494

Dec. 1

497

To the Honorable Stephen G. Porter

Comments, as requested by the House Committee on
Immigration and Naturalization, regarding H. J. Res. 195,
introduced February 7 (text printed), which requests the
negotiation of agreements and treaties with other nations to
protect persons born in the United States of foreign parent-
age and naturalized citizens from liability for military service
and other acts of allegiance upon temporary sojourn in such
nations.
To the Ambassador in Belgium

Joint resolution as approved by the President on May 28,
1928 (text printed); instructions to propose the conclusion of
a convention regarding military service to protect persons
having dual nationality, the case of naturalized citizens
already having been covered in the existing naturalization
treaty; instructions to ascertain willingness to consider
adoption of agreement for termination of dual nationality
arising at birth, upon attainment by the persons concerned of
a prescribed age.

(Sent also, mutatis mutandis, on the same date, to missions
in Bulgaria, Denmark, Great Britain, Norway, Portugal, and
Sweden.)
To the Ambassador in France

Desirability of including in draft treaty of naturalization,
now under consideration between the two Governments, a
provision concerning military service with regard to persons
having dual nationality; instructions to inquire whether
whole question of termination of dual nationality by adoption
of an agreement might not be considered.

(Similar instructions on the same day to missions in Greece, Italy, Poland, Spain, and Yugoslavia.)

Dec. 1 (2993)

499

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GENERAL

PROPOSALS TO EUROPEAN COUNTRIES FOR AGREEMENTS AND TREATIES REGARDING NATURALIZATION, DUAL NATIONALITY, AND MILITARY SERVICE-Continued

Date and number

Subject

Page

1928 Dec. 1 (583)

500

To the Chargé in Estonia

Instructions to submit to government to which accredited draft treaty concerning naturalization and military service (text printed); instructions to inquire whether whole question of termination of dual nationality by adoption of an agreement might not be considered.

(Sent also, mutatis mutandis, to missions in Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, and Rumania.)

SECOND INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON EMIGRATION AND IMMIGRATION, HELD

AT HABANA, March 31-APRIL 17, 1928

1928 Mar. 23

505

Aug. 24

507

To the American Delegation

Instructions to make clear the U. S. Government's position
that control of immigration is a matter of purely domestic con-
cern, and to take no action inconsistent with this attitude or
in any way committing the U. S. Government.
From the Cuban Chargé

Transmittal of certified copy of Final Act of the Conference
with request that the U.S. Government adhere to resolution to
hold next conference at Madrid.
From the American Delegation

Report of the Habana Conference.
To the Cuban Chargé

Opinion that no useful purpose is served by such conferences
other than exchange of technical information which can be
achieved by direct correspondence; U. S. inability to adhere to
resolution or to participate in a third conference.

Aug. 25

508

Sept. 14

526

Sixth INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE OF AMERICAN STATES, HELD AT HABANA,

JANUARY 16 To FEBRUARY 20, 1928

PRELIMINARIES

1926 Dec. 17

527

From the Cuban Chargé

Invitation to be represented at the Sixth International Conference of American States, to open at Habana on January 16, 1928.

1927 Jan. 6

528

Nov. 8

(85)

529

To the Cuban Chargé

Acceptance of invitation.
To the Chargé in Cuba (tel.)

Instructions to inquire of Foreign Minister as to correctness
of press report (text printed) that League of Nations has been
invited to send a member of Secretariat to follow proceedings
of the Conference, and if answer is in the affirmative, to state
the U. S. view that no non-American nation or entity should
attend Pan American conferences and the U. S. hope that
Cuban Government will concur.

GENERAL SIXTH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE OF AMERICAN STATES, HELD AT HABANA,

JANUARY 16 to FEBRUARY 20, 1928Continued

Date and number

Subject

Page

530

531

532

1927
Nov. 9 From the Chargé in Cuba (tel.)
(108) Information that Foreign Minister sent for Chargé and, re-

ferring to telegram from Cuban Ambassador in Washington,
advised that the Cuban Government not only did not invite à
League of Nations representative, but refused Secretary Gen-
eral's request for invitation, as well as a request from Spanish

Government.
Nov. 9 Prom the Chargé in Cuba
(2352) Report of the conversation with the Foreign Minister;

information that in view of the voluntary information on
Foreign Minister's part, the Chargé made no mention of De-

partment's telegram No. 85 of November 8.
Nov. 10 To the Chargé in Cuba (tel.)
(87) Geneva press report (text printed) stating that the League

Secretariat probably will participate in work of preliminary
organization for the Conference, that Señor Cristobal Rodri-
guez, member of the Secretariat, is being sent to Habana, and
that probably one or more League interpreters may go. In-
structions to inquire immediately and report definitely regard-

ing measures taken by Cuba with the League.
Nov. 11 From the Chargé in Cuba (tel.)
(109) Information from Foreign Minister that the League was con-

sulted concerning strictly mechanical preparations for the
Conference; that Rodriguez was anxious to come to Cuba to
assist, Cuba has refused to allow him to come in any but a
purely personal capacity; that owing to lack of competent
interpreters in Cuba the League was asked whether some of
its interpreters could be obtained as individuals to serve; and
that no League official had been invited to come to Cuba in

any capacity whatsoever.
1928
Jan. 5 To the American Delegation

Instructions as to conduct at Habana Conference.

533

534

CONVENTIONS

1928 Feb. 20

585

Feb. 20

596

Feb. 20

598

Convention Regarding Commercial Aviation
Convention Regarding the Status of Aliens
Convention Regarding Consular Agents
Convention Regarding Maritime Neutrality
Convention Regarding the Duties and Rights of States in the

Event of Civil Strife
Convention Regarding the Pan American Union

Feb. 20
Feb. 20

604

612

Feb. 20

615 GENERAL

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE OF AMERICAN STATES ON CONCILIATION AND ARBI

TRATION, HELD AT WASHINGTON, DECEMBER 10, 1928, TO JANUARY 5, 1929; PRELIMINARY ARRANGEMENTS

Date and number

Subject

Page

1928 Apr. 14 (1364)

621

623

Apr. 14

(71)

To the Ambassador in Brazil

Instructions to inform Brazilian Government that, in accord-
ance with resolution of February 18, 1928, by the Pan Ameri-
can Conference at Habana, the U. S. Government suggests
that a conference be held in Washington, December 10, 1928,
for the purpose of drawing up a convention of arbitration and
conciliation, and that each country send two delegates; also to
inquire if these suggestions are acceptable. Desire for infor-
mation with regard to attitude of Brazilian Government on
question of arbitration and conciliation; information that as
Brazil has ratified the Gondra Treaty regarding conciliation
it would appear that that subject has been properly taken
care of.

(Sent also, mutatis mutandis, on the same date, to missions
in Chile, Cuba, Haiti, Mexico, Paraguay, Uruguay, and
Venezuela.)
To the Ambassador in Argentina

Instructions similar to those to Ambassador in Brazil,
except for instructions to state informally the U. S. hope that
the Argentine Government will ratify the Gondra Treaty and
deposit ratifications at Santiago, Chile, before the Conference.

(Sent also, mutatis mutandis, on the same date to missions in
Bolivia, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Guate-
mala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, and Salvador.
A similar instruction was sent to the mission in Ecuador on
May 9, 1928.)
From the Chargé in Cuba

Acceptability to Cuba of the Department's suggestions.
Information that Secretary of State is favorable in principle
to arbitration provided local laws are adequately safeguarded.
From the Minister in Honduras

Acceptability to Honduras of Department's suggestions.
Information that Honduras will be unable to ratify Gondra
Treaty before Conference because National Congress will not
convene again before January 1, 1929.
From the Minister in Panama

Information that Panaman ratification of Gondra Treaty
has already been sent to Santiago. Opinion that there is no
doubt of Panama's readiness to adhere to proposed conven-
tion.
From the Chargé in Uruguay

Favorable attitude of Uruguay toward principle of arbitra-
tion; expectation of an early answer to note presented in ac-
cordance with Department's instruction of April 14.
From the Minister in the Dominican Republic

Informal opinion of Foreign Minister that suggestions for
Conference will be acceptable; his endorsement of arbitration
and conciliation; his observation that ratification of Gondra
Treaty might opportunely precede the conference. Expecta-
tion of early advice as to Government's attitude.

Apr. 30

623

625

May 5 (594)

625

May 8 (1700)

May 10

(620)

626

May 11

(885)

626

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