841.731/2200a: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Chargé in the United Kingdom (Johnson)

1649. Under date of December 15 Commercial Cable Company has issued notification that effective January 1, 1940, following codes permitted to and from United Kingdom, British Dominions and Colonies: Bentley’s Second Phrase, Bentley’s Complete Phrase, ABC Sixth Edition, Peterson’s International, Third Edition.

Please ascertain whether foregoing information is correct and whether British administration intends to file 15 days notice with Bureau of International Telecommunication Union at Bern. Also ascertain whether code addresses and signatures will be allowed and whether codes may be used on radiotelegraph as well as cables. Please also advise concerning likelihood Acme Code will be allowed subsequently. From information received by Department it would seem clear that use of Acme Code in telegraphic traffic with Great Britain is desired by large section of American business world. Please expedite reply.