890d.00/192: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Consul at Beirut ( Knabenshue )


Your telegram of August 7, 2 p.m. You are instructed to use your discretion, in consultation with the consul at Damascus, as to what action to take with respect to advising American citizens in the region affected by the Druse revolt to go to Beirut.

There are two United States destroyers in the Adriatic. If you think it necessary, the Department will take up with the Navy Department the question of sending one or both of them to Beirut or to Alexandria, from where they could easily go to Beirut if needed.

Telegraph report.