File No. 763.72111/2385

The Secretary of State to the Postmaster General (Burleson)

Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of June 30, 1915, in further relation to the advertisement in the American Machinist of May 6, 1915, of the Cleveland Automatic Machine Company of Cleveland, Ohio relative to the high-explosive shells which, it is stated in the advertisement, can be produced by a machine of that company.

In reply I have the honor to say that the Department feels that it is unfortunate that such advertisements are appearing at the present time, and that, therefore, while there may be no legal means of preventing their appearance, it is hoped that it may be possible and proper to suggest to the publishers that such advertisements be refused in the future.

I have [etc.]

Robert Lansing