File No. 855.48/199

The Minister in the Netherlands (Van Dyke) to the Secretary of State


181. My 178.1 German Minister has just communicated note from Berlin. Germany anxious to give every possible support work of relief commission. She will allow commission ships bearing its flag and markings clearly visible and lighted at night to pass through English Channel unmolested. German submarines have received instructions. Accordingly this guarantee presupposes use of all Possible measures to exclude misuse of commission markings and flag. Germany regrets in view of mine danger within war zone the impossibility of giving safe-conducts to relief ships for voyage to and from England.

Van Dyke
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