File No. 123G98/37

Chargé Wheeler to the Secretary of State


Azuma, first-class cruiser bearing Mr. Guthrie’s remains, will leave Yokohama about April 30, arriving San Francisco May 21. Two Japanese Naval Officers will accompany it, one of them as far as Pittsburg to represent the Imperial Navy at the funeral there. Mrs. Guthrie will probably return steamship Colombia leaving Yokohama May 4 and arriving San Francisco 22. Foreign Office requests that facilities be granted Azuma to purchase coal Honolulu on outward and return voyage and possibly at San Francisco and asks to be informed as to naval courtesies on entering the latter port. I beg to recommend that one of the military or naval officers attached to this Embassy be ordered to accompany the body as escort.