File No. 763.72/1915

The Ambassador in Germany ( Gerard ) to the Secretary of State


2525. Note is not yet even in final draft form but learn that at present proposition favored is that ships flying American flag and having given guarantee that there is no contraband on board will be allowed to pass without visitation and search and that passenger ships under belligerent flag possibly having given similar guarantee and guarantee being given that they will not attack or resist submarines will not be torpedoed without notice. Matter still in discussion stage and note will not be delivered until after July 4. I shall probably be asked to transmit a cipher to you for Bernstorff [Page 458] in order that he may submit propositions to you and learn whether they are satisfactory.