The Ambassador in the Soviet Union (Smith) to the Secretary of State
[Received May 18—4:42 a.m.]
1563. Embassy has just received telegram from Benninghoff at Dairen through commercial channels in Russian language (re Embassy’s 1339, April 25). Telegram marked number 2 from Dairen, May 10, and Benninghoff requests Embassy to inform Washington that local authorities will permit arrival in Dairen of American freighter 53 exclusively for purpose of delivering diplomatic courier and consular personnel on conditions of observance of formalities undertaken at time in connection with his arrival there. Embassy will attempt to communicate with Benninghoff by plain English language message in response to above.