File No. 300.115/2237

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


1537. Sir Edward Grey informs me that his first intention was not to interfere with the cargo of the Wilhelmina . But the military powers of the German Government have now officially taken over the use of and distribution of all food in the Empire so that there is now no private dealing in food. All food in effect belongs to the army.

Since the Wilhelmina started on her voyage before this official action was taken, British Government will see that the owners of the cargo do not lose. This Government will stop it and buy it.

American Ambassador