File No. 763.72/1592
The Department of State to the British Embassy
The Department of State has received His Britannic Majesty’s. Embassy’s note of March 12, 19152 inviting attention to press reports [Page 356] as to the arrival in a United States port of a German ship which had on board upwards of three hundred prisoners of different nationalities, of both sexes, some, of them citizens of the United. States, and pointing out that, as the Department of State has doubtless considered, the fact that had a cruiser of the British fleet met this German ship and engaged her, these civilians, including citizens of the United States, would have been in imminent danger of their lives.