File No. 763.72112/1494

The Ambassador in Great Britain (Page) to the Secretary of State


2685. Following is text of Royal Proclamation placing cotton and cotton products on list of absolute contraband which has been received this morning enclosed in a communication from Foreign Office, dated August 23:

Whereas on the 23d day of December, 1914, we did issue our Royal Proclamation specifying the articles which it was our intention to treat as contraband during the continuance of hostilities or until we did give further notice; and

Whereas on the 11th day of March and on the 27th day of May, 1915, we did, by our Royal Proclamations of those dates, make certain additions to the list of articles to be treated as contraband of war; and

Whereas it is expedient to make certain further additions to the said lists;

Now, therefore, we do hereby declare, by and with the advice of our Privy Council, that during the continuance of the war or until we do give further public notice, the following articles will be treated as absolute contraband in addition to those set out in our Royal Proclamations aforementioned:

Raw cotton, cotton linters, cotton waste, and cotton yarns.

And we do hereby further declare that this our Royal Proclamation shall take effect from the date of its publication in the London Gazette. Given at our Court at the Royal Pavilion, Aldershot Camp, this 20th day of August, in the year of our Lord 1915, etc., etc.1

American Ambassador
  1. Notice of the same additions, as published by France on August 22 and by Italy on September 6, effective September 2 (File Nos. 763.72112/1490, 1542), was reported by the Consulate General at Paris in unnumbered telegram August 23, and by the Embassy in Rome in telegram No. 390, September 7.