File No. 841.731/218

The Ambassador in Great Britain (Page) to the Secretary of State


1437. The stopping of commercial cables, I am sorry to say, continues in perhaps a slightly diminished number, but from forty to sixty a day are stopped out of perhaps ten thousand. The chief cause given is suspicion of technical commercial terms. I continue to insist on employment of men who know these terms, especially in the cotton trade. But I am afraid that it will be necessary to inform our commercial bodies and telegraphic companies that the exclusion of every technical word from telegrams will help more than anything else.

American Ambassador