"JEWISH NEGRO COUNT IS NOW AN AMERICAN
Upton Private From Abyssinia Speaks 27 Languages
Camp Upton, Aug. 15,—American citizenship was granted to-day to Count David Ben Isaac de Kellscritta, a Jewish negro private who speaks twenty-seven languages and claims blood relationship with the late King Menelik of Abyssinia. He was born in that country, in the section known as Italian Somaliland and was naturalized as a subject of Italy.
The papers were issued in the soldier court over which Justice Joseph Morschauser presides. Private Kellscritta’s only regret, and that very slight, at being naturalized was that he relinquishes the nobility which had been his in Abyssinia.
His marvellous knowledge of languages was proved by the court interpreters, who gave him long test questions in English, French, Spanish, German, Russian, Polish, the Scandinavian languages, Italian, Greek, Arabian, Hebrew, Turkish and various dialects. His responses were perfect. His proficiency in Hebrew is particularly complete, as at one time he studied for rabbinical orders.
Because of his linguistic gifts he may be given a transfer to the intelligence service from the medical detachment of an engineer regiment with which he came to camp. The Jewish negro’s home is 410 Fourth street, Milwaukee.”
~From The sun. (New York [N.Y.]), 16 Aug. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.