File No. 882.00/498.
The Secretary of State to Ambassador Page.
Washington, October 20, 1915.
2312. Legation, Monrovia, advises that British cruiser Highflyer arrived Monrovia October 18. Commander informs President of Liberia that he was ordered there to offer assistance in quelling uprising of native Krus until arrival of American naval steamship Chester due about November 1. Department informed measures already adopted deemed sufficient to hold disturbances in check until arrival Chester and Liberian Government, while deeply appreciative courteous offer, feels that its position of neutrality would be violated by Highflyer remaining in Liberian water more than twenty-four hours. Take case up immediately with British Government. Cable reply. Department has communicated orally with British Embassy here.