Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters, to the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations
TRANSLATION <November 8, 1918>
9261 Following message received from Rear Admiral Bullard at Corfu. “The delegation of Jugo-Slav Government arrived Corfu 6 p.m. Nov 6th in former Austrian destroyer number 77. After having become acquainted with the terms of the Armistice they have decided before entering into any negotiations to refer to their government for necessary instructions and the necessary power. Has Jugo-Slav government been recognized as an independent nation by the United States or can I treat with them as such”. Request instructions 150908 9261
4:38 a.m. 11-9-18
Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B. The handwritten date is confirmed by the time/date stamp at the end of the text.