767.68/274: Telegram

The Acting Secretary of State to the Consul General at Smyrna (Horton)

Your September 2, 4 p.m. Substance has been sent through Navy Dept. to Admiral Bristol, with authorization to send destroyers, since no cruisers available, to Smyrna to assist in care of American lives and property, it being clearly understood that sending war vessels is solely for such protection of Americans and not intended as taking part in any naval or political demonstration.