File No. 763.72/1779

The Ambassador in Great Britain ( Page ) to the Secretary of State 1

[Telegram]

Rush for the President:

Please transmit following to Berlin Embassy immediately:

It is of imperative importance that you get German Government to delay the answer to our note regarding the Lusitania until you receive the letter I am sending by messenger to-day. I will explain to Washington by cable so that the delay in answering will be understood and approved. Acknowledge receipt of this as soon as received. Edward House .

I am sending you explanatory cable in our private code.

Edward House

American Ambassador
  1. Repeated to the Ambassador in Germany, No. 1704, May 19.