File No. 367.11/165

The Ambassador in Turkey (Morgenthau) to the Secretary of State


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.

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Scorpion absolutely necessary here. If Beirut request is granted, I wish to warn you Smyrna and Black Sea similar demand.


The Secretary of State to the Ambassador in Turkey (Morgenthau)


Cannot send ships to Beirut, Smyrna, and Black Sea. Scorpion will remain at Constantinople.