The Secretary of State to the Ambassador in Spain (Hayes)
386. Your 502, May 7, 11 a.m. and 593, May 25, 11 a.m. You are instructed to make inquiry concerning the cause of damage, nature of repairs to be effected, and length of time finally determined by the Spanish Government to be necessary for such repairs. In reporting to the Department the result of your inquiry you are requested to inform the Department of any Spanish legislation prescribing treatment of belligerent submarines taking refuge in Spanish ports. In this last connection, the Department received from the Embassy on [Page 321] October 14, 1916 a telegram numbered 283 quoting the draft of a proposed royal decree regarding submarines. This telegram was reported on page 766  of the Supplement to the Foreign Relations of the United States, 1916.