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Lieutenant Colonel James C. Breckinridge, United States Marine Corps, Naval Attaché in Stockholm, to Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters

CABLEGRAM RECEIVED <July 20, 1918.> 21220 EJW

Origin Alusna Christiania                        Ser.No 86

Ref’d to       Date

  CS           20 July

     32 ADR

SECRET.

Simsadus.

86.  your 91 and 93.1 From Swedish Minister Marine2 through Naval Attache Stockholm Sweden. QUOTE:   Mine operations regarded as legitimate act of war and attracted no comment in press.  UNQUOTE. 17020.  86.

          Breckinridge.

Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B. The notation “28-3-1” appears in the upper-left corner and “File No 1/2/A/J” appears in the upper-right. The handwritten date is confirmed by the time/date stamp at the end of the cable.

Footnote 1: See: Sims to Breckenridge, 11 July 1918. Sims’ cable number 93 has not been found.

Footnote 2: Erik K. Palmstierna, Minister for Naval Affairs, Sweden.

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