300.115(39) Oakman/5: Telegram

The Consul at Gibraltar (Chapman) to the Secretary of State

12. My telegram No. 8.80 Both vessels mentioned and the Meandicot, also of Lykes Brothers, which arrived here October 21, were all released last night after I had an informal conversation with the British Admiral October 26 and made an informal visit yesterday morning with the Colonial Secretary objecting to protracted delay, especially in the case of the United States mail on the Exporter, including two diplomatic pouches for Athens. I found that the Contraband Control Office powers are too limited to draw prompt action from London. A part of the condemned cargoes was removed here but two of the three American vessels left with orders to proceed to Marseille and Oran respectively to unload.

  1. October 23, 9 a.m., p. 797.