File No. 855.48/221

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

[Telegram]

1423. The following telegram received from The Hague:

Captain steamship Elfland, engaged Belgium relief and flying our commission’s flag, reports his vessel attacked Sunday by German aeroplane off Dutch coast. Five bombs were dropped. One struck within 20 feet of ship. I have asked German Minister here to obtain explanation from Berlin.

Please bring to the attention of the German Government.

Bryan