File No. 763.72111/5140
The Swiss Minister ( Ritter) to the Secretary of State
Interests VII Prinz. 2
Sir: In pursuance of instructions from the Swiss Foreign Office I have the honor to present for Your Excellency’s consideration the following questions concerning which the Imperial German Government desires to be informed.
- What treatment has been and is being accorded the crews of the German merchant vessels in ports of the United States, and [Page 224]what are the intentions of the Government of the United States in regard to the future status and treatment of these men?
- Is the Government of the United States prepared to apply to the crews of German merchant vessels the provisos of articles 6 and 7 of the eleventh Hague convention of October 18, 1907?