File No. 341.115P51/51

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


1596. Your 2120.1. With reference to statement in your telegram that Foreign Office has informed you suspicious conduct of steamer Joseph W. Fordney in endeavoring to elude British patrol boat has tended to confirm evidence cargo was intended for Germany, you may inform British Government persons interested in vessel haying previously been informed regarding this allegation, have transmitted to Department affidavit of captain of vessel to the effect that he made no effort to evade British patrol ship, and that no other officer at any time said anything to him indicating that he had not obeyed orders promptly or had not been absolutely frank in his statements.

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