File No. 763.72111/600
The Secretary of State to the German Ambassador (Bernstorff)
Washington, November 12, 1914.
Excellency: Referring to your note of October 31, 1914, with reference to the report that certain belligerent governments are arranging to purchase, in a roundabout way, a large number of the Krag-Jörgensen rifles owned by this Government, I have the honor to inform you that the Secretary of War has advised this Department that these rifles, which were replaced by the present Army rifle, were up to a recent period salable under certain circumstances. [Page 576]He adds, however, that in view of the situation in Mexico and later in view of the European wars he has absolutely discontinued the sale of any of these rifles to any one.