File No. 841.857/30
The Ambassador in Germany ( Gerard ) to the Secretary of State
[Received September 11, 10.15 a. m.]
2866. Your 2155, September 6, 6 p. m.1 Delivered request for report on Hesperian to Von Jagow last night. He said that he did not see what business it was of the United States unless American citizens had lost their lives, and said unless American lives had been lost he would give you no report. He intimated that the explosion was caused by a mine. Probably that will be the German position.