File No. 763.72112/1395
The Consul General at London ( Skinner ) to the Secretary of State
[Received 3.40 p. m.]
Department’s 23d [22d].2 On going into effect order in council March 11, 28 cotton ships were seized up to May 19. Few seizures since. These 28 ships carried 204,633 bales, of which 8,891 were [Page 488] released. Practically all seized cotton is being purchased under so-called cotton agreement, and where proofs adequate, advance ten cents per pound made without difficulty, final adjustment on ascertainment weights and qualities. Some few lots in the total held for prize court as having been sold to Germans, although said lots were forwarded on in cotton agreement.