The Secretary of State to the Austro-Hungarian Ambassador (Dumba)
Washington, August 10, 1914.
My dear Mr. Ambassador: Referring to your recent note relative to the despatch of mail from the United States intended for Austria-Hungary, I beg to say that the Postmaster General has heretofore given orders that all mail going to your country and Germany addressed via Rotterdam is to be despatched by Dutch liners, unless it can be more expeditiously sent by other steamers and routes. The Postmaster General informs the Department that he has taken every measure to see that mail originating in the United States for all countries be despatched by the steamship line which will most expeditiously deliver the mail at its destination. He also informs the Department that yesterday afternoon there was no foreign mail originating in this country left on hand in New York, as it had all been despatched.
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