File No. 351.622a/6

The Ambassador in France ( Sharp ) to the Secretary of State


1179. Department’s 1276, December 24, 2 p. m., received morning 26. Note conveying substance presented by me personally to Minister for Foreign Affairs this morning and its contents discussed. Minister informs me that Department’s representations will receive most prompt consideration by French Government. He was under impression that men had been removed from steamers in question due to suspicion French authorities of German plots and intrigues in West Indies and that the men detained were implicated in such intrigues. In conclusion Minister for Foreign Affairs assured me of earnest desire to maintain friendly and cordial relations existing between both countries avoiding all possible cause for complaint.