File No. 841.857/388
The Consul at Southampton ( Swalm) to the Secretary of State
[Received March 3, 1917, 1.30 p.m.]
British steamship Belgier torpedoed February 23, forty miles off Lauriat [Lorient?], France, four Americans in crew. Joint affidavit of Isadore Frank, Leroy Kraig, DeWitt Shivers, and Daniel Gatliff forwarded. Bound New York to French port, cargo munitions. Vessel stopped by gunfire, German submarine. Weather fine, French scout appeared immediately, took crew from boats, landed at Lauriat [Lorient?], sent here, no casualties, did not resist.