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

My Dear Mr. Ambassador: I beg to acknowledge the receipt of your personal note of October 26, 1915, in which inquiry is made whether it would be possible for your Embassy to be furnished with personal descriptions of the German officers from the interned vessel Kronprinz Wilhelm who recently escaped on the sloop Eclipse.

In reply I beg to say that, as this Government is making every effort to apprehend the escaped officers in order that they may be reinterned, it is regretted that it would not comport with this Government’s efforts to furnish descriptions of these men and thus possibly aid in having them taken as prisoners of war by their enemy.

I am [etc.]

Robert Lansing