The Secretary of State to the British Ambassador (Howard)

Excellency: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your Note, No. 997 of October 24, 1924, in which you state that the attention of the British Government has been called to the fact that military aircraft and machine guns were recently conveyed to Dairen by the French Mail steamer Chantilly, and inquire whether this Government would be prepared to instruct its representative at Paris to associate himself with his British Colleague in addressing strong representations on the subject to the French Government.

This Government shares the view of the British Government that, if the report appearing in the London Times of October 17 last is based on fact, a serious contravention of the Arms Embargo Agreement has occurred. Similar press reports have reached this Government, but they have not as yet been officially confirmed. The American Chargé d’Affaires ad interim in Paris is, nevertheless, being instructed to discuss the matter with his British Colleague.

Accept [etc.]

Charles E. Hughes