File No. 763.72111/2784

The Acting Secretary of the Navy ( Roosevelt ) to the Secretary of State

Sir: I have the honor to forward herewith, for your information, copies of telegrams sent and received by this department relative to the censorship of cable messages at the naval station, Guam.

Sincerely yours,

Franklin D. Roosevelt
[Enclosure 1—Telegram—Paraphrase]

The Acting Secretary of the Navy ( Roosevelt ) to the Commandant of the Naval Station at Guam ( Maxwell )

The cable company informs the department as follows:

A protest has been received by the company from the Japanese Government against stoppage of a message which was written in plain Japanese language.

You will forward immediately by cable to the department a translation of the message referred to. 17025.

[Enclosure 2—Telegram—Paraphrase]

The Commandant of the Naval Station at Guam ( Maxwell ) to the Secretary of the Navy ( Daniels )

Referring to your cable 17025, I have stopped only one Japanese message which was believed to be in code and was received on August 24. It was unsigned [Page 889] and addressed to Haniu who would not translate it. I do not know the contents of the message as I have no competent translators of Japanese. In order to carry out the fifth paragraph of the instructions to officers regarding radio communication and referring to your cable 10007, I have required all messages which are addressed to citizens of belligerent nations to be signed and in plain English, but the cable company refuses to forward these rules to other stations. Referring to your cable November 16, 1914, the Japanese Government has already accepted the rules concerning plain English.