Mr. Woodford to Mr. Sherman.
Madrid, April 21, 1898. (Received 9.02 a.m.)
Early this (Saturday) morning, immediately after the receipt of your open telegram and before I had communicated same to Spanish Government, Spanish minister for foreign affairs notified me that diplomatic relations are broken between the two countries and that all official communication between their respective representatives have ceased. I accordingly asked for safe passport. Turn legation over to British embassy and leave for Paris this afternoon. Have notified consuls.