File No. 300.115/9561

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

No. 1811

Sir: Referring to the Department’s telegraphic instruction No. 12961 of the 14th instant, and to my telegram No. 13492 of the 22d instant, relative to the extension of the time set for the registration of claims in the prize proceedings in the case of the S. S. Ancona, I have the honor to transmit herewith a copy of a communication from the Imperial and Royal Ministry of Foreign Affairs in this connection on which my telegram above referred to was based.

I have [etc.]

Frederic C. Penfield

The Austro-Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to the American Embassy

No. 3547

Aide Mémoire

In accordance with the wish expressed by the Embassy of the United States of America in its aide mémoire of the 17th instant, the period for the registration of claims in connection with the prize proceedings in the case of the Italian steamer Ancona has been extended 40 days.

The Imperial and Royal Government adheres of course to its promise set forth in its note of December 29, 1915, No. 5949, that the question of indemnity for injuries suffered personally by American citizens in the sinking of the Ancona be settled through diplomatic channels. In order as far as possible to meet the Washington Cabinet in this connection the Imperial and Royal Government declares itself prepared to consider in these negotiations also the question of indemnity for lost or damaged property and luggage which the American citizens in question had with them.

  1. Ante, p. 279.
  2. Not printed.