711.589/8b: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Minister in Sweden ( Bliss )

11. Treaty with Great Britain to aid in the prevention of the smuggling of intoxicating liquors into the United States was approved by the Senate March 13. A similar text has been submitted to Swedish Minister at this capital, as likewise to diplomatic representatives here of Netherlands, Japan, Denmark, Germany, Italy and Norway.49 Expect copy by pouch. Take no action without further instructions.

There is a substitute Article 1 in Treaty given to Italian Ambassador as follows:

“The High Contracting Parties respectively retain their rights and claims, without prejudice by reason of this agreement, with respect to the extent of their territorial jurisdiction.”

Department prefers Article 1 as contained in Treaty with Great Britain and that no question be raised as to any change in text. Department is willing, however, if insisted upon, to give same Article as that proposed to the Italian Government which was unwilling to assent to three-mile limit.

  1. Draft texts not printed. Negotiations with Japan did not take place until 1928.