The Counselor of Embassy in Spain (Thurston) to the Secretary of State
[Received 5:06 p.m.]
923. I have been advised by the Embassy at Paris and by the New York Times correspondent here that Ernest Hemingway37 is undertaking to arrange for evacuation from Spanish ports of several hundred wounded American members of the international brigades. He will, I understand, request that the Raleigh be utilized for the purpose.
Should the Department feel that such action would be inadvisable it might wish to suggest to the persons who consult it that the Oregon (see Valencia’s March 24, 3 p.m.38) be employed. While not a passenger vessel it probably would be satisfactory for the short trip to [Page 276] Marseille. Arrangements for its use presumably could be made through Sherover39 in New York.
In this connection it is not improbable that we will soon be confronted by the problem of more or less numerous requests for protection by active members of the American section of the international brigades. A telegram on this subject is being drafted by the Consulate General and I recommend that constructive instructions be furnished as quickly as possible.