124.843/115: Telegram

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


372. On the night of May 20 chief radioman Tanner entered a bar where several Italian officers including a general were being served. They ordered him in English to take his hat off and when he paid no attention they rushed at him, threw him out and had him arrested. They did not know who he was and he was held incommunicado at the police station until the following afternoon and was released when he told an Italian captain that if he had unintentionally insulted an officer he was sorry.

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