Lieutenant William S. Sims, United States Naval Attaché in Paris, to Assistant Secretary of the Navy Theodore Roosevelt
Partly in cipher.
Received Washington May 2, 1898 4:45 P.M.
Received O.N.I. May 3, 1898 9:15 A.M.
Assistant Secretary of the Navy.
Apparently reliable competent person, extensive acquaintance, agrees following proposition, cost about three hundred dollars monthly and eight thousand conditional on success:- Italian citizen will report movements Spanish fleet,until termination of the war, from Spain.
Recommend proposition and another,equally reliable,costing less:- Will report movements Spanish fleets,from Canary Islands,- where my connection now broken.
Is above approved?
Please cable about six hundred pounds.
Source Note: Decy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 464. Notation in lower right-hand corner: “Copy sent to/Bureau of Navigation.” Stamped in in lower left-hand corner: “Office of NAVAL INTELLIGENCE,navy department.” The typist’s initials “G.P.P.,” appears between these two stamped lines.