File No. 701.6311/279a

The Secretary of State to the Ambassador in Great Britain ( Page)1


4667. In view of severance of relations with Austria-Hungary, necessary to arrange immediate departure of Austro-Hungarian Embassy and consular officers, numbering altogether approximately 125; [Page 596] desirable that they leave not later than April 25. The German diplomatic and consular officers returning from China, now en route, numbering about 30, will arrive New York in time to join Austro-Hungarian party. Only two available boats: Stockholm, Swedish-American Line, now at Halifax, east bound, which could return to New York; Rijndam, Holland-America Line, now at New York, loaded, awaiting owners’ orders. Please take up with British authorities our desire to have the two parties leave United States as soon as possible on one of these two boats, and ask their cooperation to that end and granting safe-conducts.

  1. The same, on the same date, mutatis mutandis, to the Ambassador in France (No. 2140).