File No. 763.72/1124

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


Yesterday French Ambassador sent nine cases and to-day British Ambassador and Russian Counselor requested permission to send [Page 121] some cases to the Embassy for safe-keeping. The cases contain documents, silver, and other valuables. The British and Russian Ambassadors claim to have secret information that the Germans are now exerting extraordinary pressure to force the Ottoman Government into the general war and they, as well as French Ambassador, are, therefore, preparing for possible early departure. Secretary or War, while dining with me Thursday, said that Turkey does not contemplate attacking any country but intends to keep strengthening its army so as to be prepared for any emergency and is not considering partial demobilization as rumored. At my suggestion Minister of Public Instruction accompanied me to luncheon at Girls College and reception and concert at Robert College to-day. Both faculties appreciated his coming as it was the first time that any Minister of Public Instruction visited either institution. Minister of Public Instruction expressed great satisfaction with both institutions.

Please inform me if Tennessee is also to remain in Ottoman waters and comply with my requests.

American Ambassador