The Consul at Beirut ( Knabenshue ) to the Secretary of State
[Received April 23.]
Sir: I have the honor to refer to my telegram of February 20, 1  p.m., relative to the threat of the rebels to kidnap Consul [Page 143] Keeley and other Americans, and to the Department’s telegram of February 23, 7 p.m., instructing me to bring the matter to the attention of the French High Commissioner.
As the matter involved also a question of principle and policy I deemed it desirable that my representations and the High Commissioner’s reply should be in writing. However, because of the delicacy of the subject and the possible risk of conveying an impression of unfriendliness, it was considered better to present the case in an informal manner instead of by an official communication.
For the Department’s information I enclose a copy of my informal letter of February 25, 1926, to M. de Jouvenel and a copy of his reply. I am very happy to call attention to the fact that in his friendly reply, M. de Jouvenel accepted my representations in the spirit intended. I also enclose a copy of the reply which his letter made necessary.
Reference is made to Consul Keeley’s despatch No. 329 of March 3, 1926, on the same subject.
As a side light on the same subject I enclose a copy of my informal note to Mr. Keeley of March 1, 1926.75
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