File No. 701.6311/276

The Austro-Hungarian Chargé ( Zwiedinek ) to the Secretary of State


Excellency: I have the honor to notify your excellency that the I.[mperial] and R.[oyal] Embassy has received from the I.[mperial] and R.[oyal] Minister of Foreign Affairs telegraphic advice that in [Page 595] consequence of the resolution of Congress to the effect that the United States of America is at war with Germany the relations between Austria-Hungary and the United States of America have come to an end.

His excellency the Ambassador, Count Tarnowski, has been instructed to return to the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy with the personnel of the Embassy and consulates and to turn over the protection of Austrian and Hungarian subjects to the Royal Swedish Legation here. Count Tarnowski was also advised that the American Ambassador at Vienna had declared to the Minister of Foreign Affairs in the name of the American Government that it assumes every guaranty for their safe return.

I have therefore the honor to beg your excellency kindly to procure a safe-conduct for the Ambassador and the persons traveling with him.

Accept [etc.]