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Assistant Secretary of the Navy Charles H. Allen to Commodore George C. Remey, Commandant, Key West Naval Base

WASHINGTON, June 13, 1898

              Referring to cipher telegram beginning APPRET MARSDEHIA,1 Austrian Minister2 advises MARIA TERESA3 at Martinique, desires to enter blockaded ports.4 Permission granted same as to other powers. Inform Watson.5

Allen, Acting.

Source Note: CbCy, DNA, M625, roll 231. Addressed before opening: “NAVAL BASE, KEY WEST.”

Footnote 1: That telegram has not been found.

Footnote 2: The Austro-Hungarian minister to the United States was Ladislaus Hengelmüller von Hengervár.

Footnote 3: The armored cruiser Kaiserin und Königin Maria Theresia.

Footnote 4: The Maria Theresia did visit Cuba, arriving off Santiago de Cuba on 3 July, the same day the Spanish squadron sortied. The Austro-Hungarian cruiser was mistaken for a Spanish ship and nearly fired upon by Indiana. See: Henry C. Taylor to William T. Sampson, 6 July 1898.

Footnote 5: Commo. John C. Watson, Commander, Blockading Squadron.

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