File No. 367.114M69/136.

The Secretary of State to the American Ambassador.


Your telegram June 1. The Department has telegraphed Messrs. Griggs, Baldwin and Baldwin, attorneys for the Archipelago-American Steamship Line, that unless orders are forthwith issued to those in command of the company’s steamers to comply with port regulations governing passage of mine fields promulgated by the Ottoman Government, and unless the same are immediately and promptly [properly] observed, the Department will be obliged to withdraw protection of this Government and to inform the Ottoman Government and diplomatic and consular officers in that sense.