352.1115/2381: Telegram

The Third Secretary of Embassy in Spain (Wendelin) to the Acting Secretary of State

X–351. Coaches and truck sent from Valencia by Minister of State have just arrived. I had planned to leave by 4 a.m. but have postponed departure to 6 a.m. at request of Colonel Behn of telephone company who informed me at 9 p.m. that he had reversed original decision to remain in Madrid and would accompany us with all his American employees. Including telephone company officials about 65 persons now expected to leave with staff and others may decide to go at the last minute.

Safe conducts were obtained early this evening from military authorities for all who had up to then decided to leave. I am just informed that safe conducts have likewise been granted telephone company officials. Others for whom it is too late to obtain them will be taken anyhow in expectation of arranging this following morning at Valencia.