File No. 367.112 Er 4/5.

The American Minister in temporary charge of the American Embassy at Constantinople to the Secretary of State.


According to a note received yesterday from the Porte the return of Erickson to Elbassan is impossible on account of abnormal conditions there. As their reasons seem trivial and are not in accordance with our information concerning the conditions there I have not accepted them and have insisted upon Erickson’s return. The minister for foreign affairs stated to-day that if he returns he will do so at his own risk. Do you authorize his departure?