File No. 763.72/1444

The Netherland Minister of Foreign Affairs ( Loudon ) to the Netherland Minister at Washington ( Van Rappard )

[Telegram—Translation]

Kindly make it known to the American Government that I attach importance to being kept informed as to its attitude toward the German publication and note of the 4th instant.

You may add that the Dutch Government is answering them by a refutation, so far as concerns itself, of the reproaches directed toward the neutrals and by a protest against a measure designating as a war zone regions which are much too extensive to constitute a sphere of immediate action for the belligerents’ operations.