File No. 367.11/165
The Ambassador in Turkey (Morgenthau) to the Secretary of State
Constantinople, August 5, 1914, 12 noon.
[Received August 7, 11:40 p.m.]
Consul General at Beirut telegraphs as follows:
In the absence of all European cruisers on the Syrian coast public opinion clamors for the presence of some American vessels to prevent anarchy. Please arrange Secretary of State. Urgent.
Scorpion absolutely necessary here. If Beirut request is granted, I wish to warn you Smyrna and Black Sea similar demand.