File No. 881.111.

The Acting Secretary of State to the American Chargé d’Affaires.

No. 113.]

Sir: The Department has received your despatch No. 363, of February 18, 1913, in which you state [etc.]

In reply you are informed that the attitude of this Government is to be one of firm insistence that American lives and property must be protected in conformity with treaty rights. The establishment of the French Protectorate would seem to imply that the responsibility for the protection of foreigners rests with France.

I am [etc.]

Alvey A. Adee.