The Consul General at Hamburg ( Keblinger ) to the Secretary of State
[Received 6:50 p.m.]
167. Reference is made to my telegram No. 163, October 17, 1 p.m.,98 Prize Commissioner today confirmed statements of his assistant reported in the first paragraph of my telegram No. 163, to the effect that nothing short of Government guarantee would suffice to release ships with cargoes of cellulose for the United States now detained. He suggested that in future before any cellulose is shipped to the United States documents containing Government assurances should be sent to port of departure and verified by American and French Consuls there. Such documents would be recognized as laisser-passers by German war vessels enforcing prize law.
Has the Department received from the Embassy Berlin translation prize law of September 3 transmitted in the Embassy’s despatch No. 1389, September 11, 1939.99