The Secretary of State to the Ambassador in Germamy ( Gerard )

[Telegram]

1624. At suggestion Ambassador at Constantinople bring immediately to the notice of the German Government that he has been making every effort to persuade Sublime Porte not to expose non-combatant British and French subjects to bombardment at Dardanelles. Ambassador has pleaded with German Ambassador to use his influence, but received no assurances of assistance. German Ambassador informed him that as two English submarine boats are [Page 970] in the Marmora, some belligerents would henceforth be placed on every Turkish transport ship. As deportation to the Dardanelles is contemplated for Thursday, the matter is urgent.

Bryan