File No. 863.85/10

The Secretary of State to the Swedish Minister ( Ekengren)

No. 231

Sir: Referring to your two notes of May 9, 1917,1 in which you submitted the protests from Capt. S. Kehrer, of the Hungarian steamer Budapest, and Capt. Louis Rakos, late of the Hungarian steamer Morawitz, on account of the seizure of those vessels by United States authorities, I have the honor to inform you that the Secretary of the Treasury, to whom the substance of your notes was communicated, has replied by stating that these vessels were not seized by the Treasury Department but were merely taken possession of, and guards or other caretakers placed on board in order to preserve the vessels from injury.

Accept [etc.]

For the Secretary of State:
Frank L. Polk
  1. Not printed.