852.75 National Telephone Company/43: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Ambassador in Spain (Laughlin)

101. Your telegrams Nos. 87 and 88. The Spanish Ambassador called on request this afternoon and was fully informed as to our views regarding the proposed measure, in the strongest possible [Page 566] terms. He will doubtless communicate by telegraph with the Foreign Office.

I have been unable to date to discuss the situation further with Frank Page. However, unless Rock should oppose this action, I think that without delay you should present a formal protest to the Spanish Government, seeking if necessary a further interview with Azaña in order to give him a copy. You should indicate in the written communication that you are acting under specific instructions from your Government. Please cable full text to the Department.