File No. 763.72111Y2/17

The Secretary of State to the Ambassador in Spain ( Willard )

[Telegram]

269. Your 355, February 17. Transmit following to Spanish Ambassador at Berlin through Foreign Office:

If Yarrowdale prisoners have not been released, please make a formal demand in the name of the United States for their immediate release. If they are not promptly released and allowed to cross the frontier without further delay, please state to the Foreign Minister that this policy of the Imperial Government, if continued, apparently without the slightest justification, will oblige the Government of the United States to consider what measures it may be necessary to take in order to obtain satisfaction for the continued detention of these innocent American citizens.

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