File No. 841.857Ar1/51

The German Ambassador (Bernstorff) to the Secretary of State

My Dear Mr. Secretary: This evening I received a wireless message from my Government stating that the only German submarine which according to the sphere of operation might have sunk the Arabic, has not returned home and that consequently an explanation of the case is, for the present, impossible.

As the principle underlying this question has been satisfactorily settled, I hope the delay will not cause you any annoyance.

I remain [etc.]

J. Bernstorff