The Chargé in the United Kingdom (Atherton) to the Secretary of State
[Received September 12—11:30 a.m.]
434. I discussed Department’s 251, September 10, 2 p.m.93 with the Foreign Office today who stated that before giving a definite answer they would like consult existing regulations.
At the same time they took occasion to refer to the other inquiry I made last week based on the Department’s 245, September 6, 8 p.m. They were not yet in a position to answer as to the alternative proposals but impressed upon me that consultation with the Admiralty revealed that the outer harbor at Aden did provide a suitable anchorage for a cruiser and with this question of hospitality suitably eliminated the [Page 889] desirability of sending a cruiser there was strongly urged rather than the alternatives subsequently suggested. Foreign Office even went so far as to suggest that I instruct the Naval Attaché to call at the Admiralty where the details of the proper berthing of the cruiser in the outer harbor at Aden would be fully explained to him.
I stated that when I have the further reply of the British Government I would submit the whole picture to my Government and advise the Foreign Office as to the decision.
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