The Commander in Chief of the United States Asiatic Fleet ( Yarnell ) to the Chief of Naval Operations ( Leahy )85
[Received August 30—8:22 a.m.]
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.
- Copy transmitted to the Department by the Navy Department.↩