File No. 763.72/1032

Unsigned telegram from Constantinople to the British Embassy at Washington, September 30, 1914

There seems to be good reason to fear that in the general excitement which prevails in this part of the world, if war breaks out now Christians in Turkey will be in danger especially in outlying parts of the Empire, for instance, missionaries.

The present coal supplies will last the Turkish Fleet about six weeks. If the Turks get more coal, they will be encouraged to go to war. Their only source of supply is from the United States. Would it not be possible to put some difficulties in the way of this supply which will probably be carried out through British tramp steamers from American ports?