File No. 659.119/78

The Minister in Denmark ( Egan) to the Secretary of State


1398. The danger of Denmark’s being forced to make compensation to Germany to secure fuel oil for the electric light and water works is growing. Even an expression of opinion from our Government on the subject might help to allay irritation and astonishment that an embargo, which can only injure our interests here, continues. Our allies, the British, declare that it is not their fault.

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The Danes are anti-German but their need of light and mechanical power grows more imperative as the dark days approach. The provincial towns are clamoring for relief.