File No. 841.731/201
The Ambassador in Great Britain (Page) to the Secretary of State
[Received January 6, 8.30 a. m.]
1416. The number of stopped commercial cable messages continues to be very large. I have informed the Government that cotton had almost as well be on the contraband list as on the censor’s list. One suggestion that may help is that the censor engage a man who knows the vocabulary of the cotton trade, for the words habitually used by exporters are unintelligible to the ordinary man. I think this suggestion will be adopted. It would be well too, if you request the cotton trade [to use] only plain English words which everybody can understand. An American cotton merchant here tells me that his firm has had no trouble because they write out their messages in full in plain English. The copies of stopped messages sent by you are very helpful, send all you can.