The Consul at Addis Ababa (Cramp) to the Secretary of State
[Received May 5—6:35 p.m.]
292. Suddenly at about 10:20 p.m., the Legation was fired upon from behind the fences on the northern side. The entire quarter began a continuous firing and the Legation personnel concentrated a heavy return fire on the side of the attack. After about 5 minutes the attackers retired.
As it would appear that the Italian troops have not occupied this side of the town and are probably more than a mile away in its center, I have decided to request an armed guard for the Legation for the night and am sending a car heavily armed to the city headquarters.
At present this quarter is fairly quiet.