124.84/57: Telegram

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

282. Two messengers I sent to British Legation today could not get through. As communication with that Legation is essential if we are to remain here please communicate immediately via London my request to Sir Sidney Barton, British Minister here, that he get in touch with me. Kindly state also that with the assistance of a few Sikhs and one Lewis gun we could hold this Legation if Italians arrive within few days. I feel it would be a great pity to be obliged to abandon it and radio to certain destruction after holding it for 3 strenuous days. Please acknowledge receipt.