The Ambassador in Japan (Woods) to the Secretary of State

No. 14–E

Sir: I have the honor to report that the Asiatic Fleet sailed from Yokohama Bay yesterday. It arrived at the psychological time and it left at the psychological time insofar as the necessities and sentiment of the Japanese are concerned.

It brought the first relief to the earthquake and fire victims of Japan, and the promptness with which it came and the efficiency with which it met the emergency on its arrival here not only made a great impression on the Japanese but was an inspiration to them to meet the emergency with like promptness and like efficiency.

I am firmly convinced that the situation could not have been handled better than Admiral Anderson handled it. He not only brought the identical supplies which were needed but he saw to it that they went to the proper place. He did it all with great decision and tact and when his work was done he did not overstay his welcome but he sailed away leaving the Japanese regretting his departure. His action reflected credit upon our Navy and upon our Government and made a deep impression upon Japanese sentiment.

I feel that it is due Admiral Anderson that the Secretary of the Navy should be advised of the excellent work he has done in this great emergency, and I shall be glad if the Department will forward a copy of this despatch to him.

I have [etc.]

Cyrus E. Woods