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The Minister Resident in Ethiopia ( Engert ) to the Secretary of State

261. Apparently Government left during the night. Empress with daughters and Prince Makonnen by train for Djibouti understand en route to Jerusalem. Emperor’s destination unknown. Spencer18 and Lambies19 did not accompany the Government.

As soon as news of the departure of Government became known looting began in town which is continuing. There is a great deal of firing but mostly in the air. I shall await developments in the Legation for the present.

  1. John H. Spencer, an American citizen who was Adviser to the Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
  2. Dr. and Mrs. T. A. Lambie. Dr. Lambie was Executive Secretary of the Ethiopian Bed Cross.