852.00/2693: Telegram

The Chargé in France (Wilson) to the Secretary of State

770. Following is a translation of a telegram received in Spanish from Consul at Barcelona:

“August 19, 1 p.m. Following telegram received from Captain Bayo, chief of disembarkation column at Baleares.

‘Spanish courtesy obliges me to ask you to inform by radio as rapidly as possible those ships of the nation you represent, anchored in the Bay of Palma, that 10 hours after receiving your orders they leave Governmental waters, after which I shall be obliged to bombard by air and sea the aforementioned place. Greetings. Alberto Bayo.’

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Am communicating with cruiser Quincy through cruiser London. Franklin.”

Naval Attaché advises that London is a British cruiser at present at Barcelona and also that the Oklahoma is en route to Palma. Naval Attaché is radioing the above message to the Oklahoma.