Commander Charles P. Nelson, Commander, United States Naval Base at Corfu, Greece, to Captain Richard H. Jackson, United States Naval Representative in Paris
CABLEGRAM RECEIVED <November 16, 1918.>
17 November 1918.
Origin Corfu Greece Ser. No. 165
TO: PARIS NAVAL STAFF REPRESENTATIVE.
FROM: COMMANDER U S NAVAL BASE CORFU GREECE.
On orders from Bullard and request of French Commander-in-Chief have sent 6 units of chasers to show flag, cooperate with Allied Forces in settlement of Austrian armistice and furnish continual source of local information to Bullard at Venice. One chaser unit to be left at following ports: LISSA, MELADA, SPALATO and POLA and second unit under Spafford at Cape Plati. Daily despatch service established between French Commander-in-Chief Corfu and Cattaro for correspondence to be relayed further to Northward as required. Situation very delicate and critical over Jugo-Slav question. Full instructions in accordance with Bullard’s secret cable 155512 – 2nd of 13 November issued all chasers. Am sending copy of Loftin’s report from Cattaro, which show plainly existing conditions JUGO-SLAV situation. Conditions may be worse further north where occupation is by Italians alone. Consider Loftin’s work highly commendable. 11116.
Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B. The handwritten date is confirmed by the time/date notation at the end of the cable. This copy is on a printed form, and several additional boxes have been omitted.