Commander William R. Sayles, United States Naval Attaché at Paris, to Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels
COPY OF TELEGRAM
May 23rd, 1917.
Referring to 14020 it is possible for French authorities to furnish yachts with coal and supplies but they request and I urgently recommend that they be accompanied by collier and supply ships and be self supporting. Stocks of coal, oil and food in France steadily decreasing. 16023.
Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B. There is an identifying number, “112” in the upper right-hand corner of the copy. There is also a note in the upper left-hand corner that reads: “Copy for the information/of Admiral [William S.] Sims.”