File No. 763.72111/502

The Acting Secretary of State to the German Ambassador (Bernstorff)

No. 1133]

Excellency: Referring to your note of the 21st ultimo,1 stating that your Embassy was in receipt of information to the effect that, on the night of September 30 last, the tug F. B. Dalzell put to sea from Pier 6, East River, New York, to carry provisions to the British cruiser Essex, which was lying off Gedney Channel; that as she came out of Gedney Channel the tug came under the searchlights of the U. S. S. Florida ; that the provisions were taken from the tug in boats sent from the Essex; and that the tug G. H. Dalzell went on a similar errand on the night of October 1, I have the honor to inform you that the Government of the United States has had the matter thoroughly investigated and has not been able to find as yet sufficient evidence showing that the tug F. B. Dalzell has furnished supplies to British warships. If your excellency can supply any evidence bearing on the matter, the Department will be glad to have a further investigation made on the basis of the new information.

Accept [etc.]

Robert Lansing
  1. Ante, p. 658