352.1121 Blodgett, Walton/179: Telegram

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

8. So far the Department has succeeded in carrying out your recommendations that the press treat the Palma case in a restrained and unprovocative manner. However, continued delay and resort to technicalities as reported in this morning’s newspapers is making this increasingly difficult and there are indications that the matter may be brought up on the floor of Congress shortly. The Department is again being subjected to great pressure to secure a final and satisfactory settlement. Please inform the Spanish authorities of this and urge the necessity in the interest of Spanish American general relations for expediting a favorable decision.