890d.00/230: Telegram

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

Department’s October 27, 6 p.m. If at any time you consider immediate presence of destroyers at Beirut desirable, you are authorized to communicate your request directly or through American Consul Alexandria in the event that there is not time to communicate first with Department. Destroyers at Alexandria have been authorized by Navy Department to proceed at your request. Advise Department if such action taken.
Department assumes that you will keep Keeley fully advised of all communications received from Department relating to present situation, such for example as Department’s October 24, 6 p.m.10 and Department’s October 29, 2 p.m.
You may make available to Keeley any part of Red Cross donation of $2,000 which may be needed for relief of Americans in Damascus district.
Detailed reports from you and Keeley have proved most helpful and prompt action taken by you and Keeley for protection of American lives and property and in impressing upon French authorities their responsibility for protection of American citizens is fully approved.

Your October 28, 4 p.m. and October 29, 12 p.m. received.

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