793.94/9783: Telegram

The Commander in Chief of the United States Asiatic Fleet (Yarnell) to the Chief of Naval Operations (Leahy)85

0030. It is my intention unless otherwise directed to notify the Japanese Admiral that under existing conditions I cannot recognize the right of Japanese men-of-war to stop and search United States merchant vessels and that I shall instruct the vessels of my command accordingly.

  1. Copy transmitted to the Department by the Navy Department.