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Docket No. 495: Michael Connolly

Docket No. 495. UNITED STATES OF AMERICA on behalf of James Connolly, individually and as Administrator of the Estate of Michael Connolly, Deceased, et al., Claimants, v. GERMANY. PARKER, Umpire, rendered the decision of the Commission. This case is before the Umpire for decision on a certificate of the American Commissioner and German Commissioner[a] certifying their disagreement. A brief statement of the facts as disclosed by the records follows: Michael Connolly, a naturalized citizen of the United States, 47 years of age, was lost on the Lusitania. He had never married. For 10 years prior to his death he resided in New York as a member of the family of his brother, James Connolly, also a naturalized citizen of the United States, three years his junior. Both brothers were employed as street-railway motormen, each earning $1,250 per annum. The younger brother, James, was married and had three children, two of whom have since died. The eldest, Mary, was 10 years of age at the time of her uncle’s death. From his meager earnings the decedent in a small way assisted his brother in the maintenance of his family, to whom the decedent was very genuinely devoted. He was en route to visit his two widowed sisters in Ireland at the time of his death, and was taking them some modest present, which with his personal effects made a total property loss of the value of $974.00. Applying the rules announced in the Lusitania Opinion and in other decisions of this Commission to the facts as disclosed by the record, the Commission decrees that under the Treaty of Berlin of August 25, 1921, and in accordance with its terms the Government of Germany is obligated to pay to the Government of the United States on behalf of (1) James Connolly individually the sum of two thousand five hundred dollars ($2,500.00) with interest thereon at the rate of five per cent per annum from November 1, 1923, and (2) James Connolly, Administrator of the Estate of Michael Connolly, Deceased, the sum of nine hundred seventy-four dollars ($974.00) with interest thereon at the rate of five per cent per annum from May 7, 1915; and the Commission further decrees that the Government of Germany is not obligated to pay to the Government of the United States any amount on behalf of the other claimants herein, Beatrice Connolly and Mary Agnes Connolly. Done at Washington February 21, 1924.

EDWIN B. PARKER, Umpire.

---- [a] Dated February 14, 1924.

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