File No. 341.115In841/44

The Secretary of State to the Consul General at London ( Skinner )

[Telegram]

Your telegram August 31 regarding shipments on Seaconnet.1 Department presumes that if these shipments are released claimants will be required to give British authorities written release from indemnity for losses resulting from detention. Release of shipments on presentation proofs ownership and innocent destination would show goods improperly seized, but in absence prize-court proceedings no indemnity would be awarded owners as would be clone if court released goods. Release of goods by administrative officials appears attempt to avoid decision prize court respecting validity order in council March 11 and to avoid payment indemnities. Please telegraph your views regarding this matter. Department considering advice which should be given shippers.

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