File No. 10044/87.

The Acting Secretary of State to Ambassador Leishman.

No. 440.]

Sir: Referring to the department’s telegram of the 21st instant, in regard to the detail of the U. S. S. Scorpion as stationnaire at Constantinople, I inclose for your further information copy of a letter on the subject addressed by the Secretary of State to the Secretary of the Navy.

When you shall be in touch with Lieut Commander Logan, you will advise him as to the formalities, salutes, etc., in passing the Dardanelles.

I am, etc.,

Robert Bacon.

The Secretary of State to the Secretary of the Navy.

Sir: Acting upon the recommendation of the American ambassador at Constantinople, this Government has requested of the Turkish Government permission for an American naval vessel to pass the Dardanelles and remain at Constantinople at the disposal of the ambassador in the same manner as the so-called “stationnaires” of the other powers are maintained in those waters, as an adjunct to the representative character of their respective embassies.

At the time Mr. Leishman’s suggestion was first taken under consideration informal conference was held on the subject with your department, and the expected favorable action of the Turkish Government was anticipated by the provisional detail of the United States converted yacht Scorpion, to be held in readiness to sail when the arrangement should be perfected.

A telegram dated yesterday has been received from Ambassador Leishman reporting that an imperial irade has been issued authorizing the entry of the designated American naval vessel.

I have now the honor to request that the Scorpion be detailed for the indicated service, and instructed to sail at as early a date as possible for Constantinople Her commander should be instructed to telegraph from Malta, or such other Mediterranean port as may be convenient, to the American ambassador at Constantinople, with a view to settling formalities for the passage of the Dardanelles.

Upon reaching Constantinople the commanding officer of the Scorpion should, after the customary salute to the Ottoman flag, report to Ambassador Leishman and remain subject to his direction until further notice.

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The station of the vessel at Constantinople is expected to be prolonged Her commander will acquaint himself with the conditions under which the “stationnaires” of the other powers are maintained there and adapt himself thereto under the direction and control of the ambassador The commander will be expected to keep up cordial relations with the commanders of the other “stationnaires” and with the Ottoman authorities for foreign missions on shore He will not be called upon to discharge any diplomatic functions, although it is presumed that his position will be assimilated to that of a naval attaché to the American Embassy As to this he will be governed by the advice of the ambassador.

I have, etc.,

Elihu Root.