File No. 300.115/8904

The Acting Secretary of State to the Ambassador in Austria-Hungary (Penfield)


1296. Your 1272,2 May 24, regarding prize proceedings S. S. Ancona. Attorneys for several interested parties represent to Department it will be impossible for them prepare and present their cases within time allowed. Informally say to Foreign Office this Government would be glad if time could be extended at least 40 days. You will explain in this relation, however, that this Government, in view facts respecting sinking this vessel which have been subject of discussion between it and Austro-Hungarian Government, reserves right to present diplomatic claims in behalf American citizens on account loss life and property resulting from sinking Ancona.

  1. Ante, p. 271.