852.00/2186: Telegram

The Ambassador in France (Straus) to the Secretary of State

621. Reference our 620, July 21, 2 p.m.49 Have talked again with Wendelin50 who repeats that thus far to the best of his knowledge no Americans injured and that members of the Embassy, Consulate, Commercial Attaché’s staffs “are perfectly all right”.

At present he is unable to communicate with any outside country except France and is also unable to communicate with any of the consulates in Spain. We are arranging to keep in close touch with him so [Page 627]long as the telephone communication remains open and will immediately relay to you any messages received.

He states that the Embassy has made arrangements with the telephone company (which is American) to telephone each member of the American colony in case the situation gets more serious. The Embassy has likewise made arrangements for their transportation to the Embassy and in case of danger they will all be given haven.

The situation at present in Madrid is quiet as the militia has gone out to meet the rebels. He adds, however, that the situation remains very serious. The rebels are reported to be as close as Toledo on the south and Segovia on the north but it is believed that for the present there is no danger of an attack on Madrid.

First Secretary Cochran of this Embassy and his wife are in Spain on vacation and were to leave Madrid on Saturday morning according to Wendelin for Seville, Hotel Ingleterra. Wendelin as stated above is unable to communicate with consulates in other cities in Spain.

Repeat[ed] to San Sebastián.

Straus
  1. Not printed.
  2. Eric C. Wendelin, Third Secretary, left in charge of the Bmhassy at Madrid when the Ambassador and his staff moved to San Sebastián, the summer capital of the Spanish Government, on July 10, 1936.