340.1115/2271: Circular telegram

The Secretary of State to the Minister in Switzerland (Harrison)

69. To be repeated to all European Missions. The Department is collaborating in the efforts being made to make available additional accommodations for Americans returning from Europe and such vessels will call presumably at a southwestern French port and a western British port.

However there will doubtless be sailings from the ports of the country to which you are accredited or from the near-by neutral ports of freighters and small vessels of American registry capable of carrying a small number of passengers. You will of course urge citizens desiring repatriation to take advantage of all such opportunities. The Maritime Commission has agreed to communicate with all the operators of commercial vessels asking their officers to report to American Consuls at the ports in Europe at which the vessels touch and offer passenger accommodations to persons desiring repatriation up to maximum legal capacity of the vessel.