Mr. Storer to Mr. Hay.
Vienna, April 14, 1904.
Sir: As your instruction No. 72, bearing date of February 26, called for no official action until further advice from the Department, I deemed it best to bring unofficially to the attention of the foreign office the intended cruise of our ships of war in the Mediterranean, as well as the wishes of our Government as to the courtesies and attentions which might otherwise be offered to the navy of a friendly power on such an occasion.
To this unofficial communication I have the honor to report I have to-day received the answer of the foreign office, also unofficial in form, but containing information of sufficient importance to transmit at once for the consideration of the Department. It will be seen that no more than three war ships of the United States may enter at the same time any Austrian or Hungarian port, nor more than six enter Austro-Hungarian waters until, as a preliminary, permission is asked for through the diplomatic channel.
I inclose a copy and a translation of the letter of the under secretary of state, Ritter von Mérey.
I have, etc.,