192/1677a: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Ambassador in the Soviet Union (Steinhardt)

139. My 131, August 29, 7 p.m.

The following is the substance of a telegram received this afternoon from the Panama Canal authorities by the Panama Canal office in Washington.

“Steamship Kim arrived August 31 from Leningrad with a bill of health from the port of Leningrad and desires to pass through the Canal and depart for Siberia on September 2. It has been given rigid treatment under laws and regulations and there are no legal grounds to hold it beyond tomorrow.”

Department regrets its inability further to hold up the Kim. It will be glad, however, to receive further suggestions from you as to how it may continue to cooperate with you.