File No. 763.72111K92/46

The British Ambassador ( Spring Rice ) to the Secretary of State

My Dear Mr. Secretary: In connection with the recent escape of a number of German officers from the interned vessel Kronprinz Wilhelm on board the sloop Eclipse I venture to inquire whether it would be possible for this Embassy to be furnished with a personal description of the officers in question.

Should any vessel containing one or more of these men be searched by a British ship the identification of the men, in the absence of any description, might be a difficult matter, and, if there is no objection on the part of the competent departments of the United States Government, I should be much obliged if the information desired could be furnished.

I am [etc.]

Cecil Spring Rice