740.0011 European War 1930/9736: Telegram

The Minister in Greece ( MacVeagh ) to the Secretary of State

191. Johnson3 reported by telephone early this afternoon that the Greek military authorities are leaving Salonika. He also said that all Americans in Macedonia and Thrace with exception of Mr. Tilley of the Gary Tobacco Company, who has decided to stay permanently in Xanthi, and Mr. and Mrs. House of the Farm School, who will remain a while longer, are departing for Athens at once. These are:

  • Mr. and Mrs. Riggs of Anatolia College,
  • Mr. and Mrs. Gardner and two children of the Farm School,
  • Mr. Lanckton of the Socony-Vacuum, and
  • Miss Smith of the Near East Foundation.

Johnson asked that his family be informed that so far there has been no German bombing of Salonika and indications are that there may not be any. Socony’s installations as well as Shell’s are ready to be blown up if the Germans enter; the British are in charge.

  1. John D. Johnson, Consul at Salonika.