Captain David W. Todd, Director, Naval Communications, to Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters
Chronological Copy. File No. <8-2-6>
Cablegram Received July: <25, 1918.> 09126 TOH
Origin Opnav Washington (D.N.C.) Ser. No. 9047
C-1 26 July
9047. 1239. Advices received French Cable Company New York refused United States and French Government trans-Atlantic business and divert to Commercial Cable Company. Presume because charter permits these messages free. Understand French cable via St. Pierre not worked greatest efficiency due reduced apparatus and general lack funds. What is situation and remedy. Until German cable East Azores Islands is repaired arrange instructions to French cable representative New York to accept Government messages New York to Azores Islands and there transfer to direct British cable to Lisbon Portugal. Hard to get action or information from French cable representative New York. Cannot another trans-Atlantic route be built up from Azores Islands via Lisbon Portugal or St. Vincent for emergency. Would there be serious objection if this Government removed German cable from French cable officer New York and operatedit. 22125 9047
Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B. The date is handwritten but is confirmed by the time/date stamp at the end of the text.