The Secretary of State to the Ambassador in Germany (Gerard)
947. Your 1234, December 31. Department has received assurances from British and French Governments that cotton will not be placed on contraband lists and will not be seized. Cotton may, therefore, be shipped to Germany in neutral vessels.
[For a statement of the difficulties affecting the cotton trade and of their effect upon the economic life of the United States, see telegram No. 1019, January 23, 1915, to the Ambassador in Great Britain, below, page 684.]