251.11 Insull, Samuel/374: Telegram

The Minister in Greece ( MacVeagh ) to the Secretary of State

35. The Foreign Minister has telephoned me that the Maiotis arrived last evening, March 17th, with Insull aboard and that the fugitive [Page 575] has elected to depart on the same vessel at once. Insull is reported still on board and the boat refuelling. The Foreign Minister also told me that the vessel would clear for Port Said but that in view of a possible shift in destination the Government would exact an oath from the master that he would not land the fugitive on Greek soil.

I will telegraph you when the boat sails and also wire Sofia, Bucharest, Istanbul, Beirut, Jerusalem, Baghdad, Cairo, and Alexandria, adding Aden and Djibouti as rumor persists fugitive is heading for Red Sea.

He has Greek laissez passer without visas and possibly our consular certificate visaed for transit through Bulgaria and Rumania.

The Maiotis is an old, black freighter of perhaps 1800 tons with very little superstructure, one thin, tall funnel and two masts free of top masts. Her port of register is Cephalonia and she is carrying no freight.

Government has not instructed its agents to see that Insull lands in Egypt and says it will not do so. Vessel cleared for Port Said 2 a.m. this morning.