The Secretary of State to the Consul General at Barcelona (Perkins)
Your despatch 199, January 22. If members ambulance unit referred to form part of military forces they should be treated in same manner as members armed forces. If merely attached to military [Page 484] forces in performance service humanitarian nature distinction maybe drawn between them and members armed forces. However, should any person referred to your despatch apply your office for protection and assistance, facts should be presented to Department by telegraph. Under no circumstance should letter be forwarded through you to any person in or attached to military forces.