The Ambassador in Brazil (Caffery) to the Secretary of State

No. 10341

Sir: I have the honor to report that we have had four more sinkings in nearby waters, two Brazilians and two of ours. The last one of ours, yesterday, carried, I am told, a lot of much needed war material for the Brazilian Army, several thousand bags of mail and a lot of newsprint. All of these items speak for themselves. The Brazilian Army has been crying for this material for some time. The last boatmail we have had from the United States left Washington in October. The newsprint situation here could not be worse.

Needless to say, this is having a most depressing effect on our friends in Brazil.

Respectfully yours,

Jefferson Caffery