The Secretary of State to the Minister in Ethiopia (Southard)
19. Your despatch 1023, August 15. Upon the understanding that the “Ethiopian Code of 1912”, referred to in the draft note of the diplomatic corps, would not be applicable to American citizens in contravention of the provisions of Article 7 of the Klobukowski Treaty, the Department authorizes you to make definitive your tentative adherence to the note in question.
The Department would also be glad to have you take an early opportunity to sound out your colleagues as to the advisability of the diplomatic corps making joint and vigorous representations in the spirit of the Department’s instruction No. 230 of March 8, 1932, in the event that the Ethiopian response to the proposed note is unsatisfactory.
If at any time you should learn that the Ethiopian Government is likely to denounce Article 7 of the Klobukowski Treaty, you should immediately inform the Department by telegraph and request instructions.