862.34/283: Telegram

The Ambassador in Spain (Hayes) to the Secretary of State

593. Embassy’s 502, May 11 [7], 7 [11] a.m. The British Embassy has addressed a note to the Foreign Office requesting definite information regarding the maximum period fixed by the Spanish authorities in accordance with The Hague Convention75 in which the submarine must complete its repairs and leave or be interned. It is also requesting assurances that adequate steps have been taken to insure that the crew of the submarine do not escape and that they cannot be surreptitiously replaced by other Germans and smuggled out of Spain.

I request authority to make similar representations or additional representations which the Department may consider justified under the circumstances.

  1. Convention XIII adopted by the Second International Peace Conference held at The Hague from June 15 to October 18, 1907, concerning the rights and duties of neutral powers in naval war, Foreign Relations, 1907, pt. 2, p. 1239.