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From and to whom.

Ambassador W. H. Page to the Secretary of State.

Memorandum from the

British Embassy. Ambassador Herrick to the

Secretary of State.

Ambassador W. H. Page to the Secretary of State (telegram).

Ambassador W. H. Page to the Secretary of State (telegram).

The British Ambassador to the Secretary of State

Ambassador Marye to the Secretary of State (tele gram).

Ambassador Gerard to the Secretary of State.

Date.

1914. Sept. 28

Oct. 2
Oct. 9

Oct. 28

Nov. 2

Nov. 3

Nov. 5

Nov. 13

Subject.

Page.

Transmits a protest made by the British Government against the methods pursued by the German Navy in laying mines in the North Sea.

Notification of British mine area in North Sea.

Incloses copy in translation, together with its inclosure, of a note from the Minister for Foreign Affairs, giving the text of notice relative to the use of submarine mines in the Adriatic Sea.

States that a German mine field has been discovered off the north coast of Ireland and the British Admiralty warns shipping not to pass within 60 miles of Tory Island.

Reports Sir Edward Grey informs him mine fields north of Ireland were laid by Germans.

Incloses copy of a telegram received from the British Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs in which notice is given that the whole of the North Sea must be considered a mili tary area.

Reports official notification by Russian Government of mined zone.

Incloses German reply to the British protest against the laying of German mines.

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From and to whom.

Ambassador Gerard to the Secretary of State.

The Secretary of State to Ambassador Gerard.

Consul General Skinner to the Secretary of State.

The German Ambassador to the Secretary of State

Consul General Skinner to the Secretary of State (telegram).

Ambassador Gerard to the Secretary of State.

Date.

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Subject.

Transmits copy in transla tion of a communication received from Imperial Foreign Office, Nov. 14,

1914, relative to regulations for navigation in the German Bay of the North Sea.

States that a copy of reply of German Government to protest of British GoW ernment against the laying of German mines has been forwarded to American Ambassador at Lon don for transmission to British Foreign Office.

Incloses copy of a circular received from British Admiralty regarding the navigation of the North Sea and English Channel.

Transmits warning that Germany will resist the shipment of forces and implements by Great Britain to France with every war means at its command.

Mariners warned navigation entirely forbidden to all ships of described area in Irish Channel.

Incloses copy in translation of a note verbale re ceived from the Imperial Foreign Office Feb. 28,

1915, relative to the extent of the war area pro claimed by the German Admiralty.

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From and to whom.

Consul General Skinner to the Secretary of State (telegram).

Consul General Skinner to the Secretary of State (telegram).

Consul General Skinner to the Secretary of State.

The Secretary of State to Ambassador W. H. Page (telegram).

Ambassador W. H. Page to the Secretary of State (telegram).

The Secretary of State ad interim to Ambassador W. H. Page (telegram).

Date

1915. Mar. 6

May 17

May 19

May 20

June 5

June 16

Subject.

Telegraphs with reference to a warning issued by the British Admiralty for vessels navigating between Great Yarmouth and the English Channel.

States Admiralty cancels notice on navigation North Sea dated Nov. 30, 1914. Masters strongly urged to obtain latest notices before sailing from British ports. Gives principal mined areas as far as known.

Incloses copy of British Admiralty notice relating to navigation in the North Sea and British home waters.

States the Department does not fully understand the intention and effect un derlying the regulations of Admiralty in canceling notice on navigation in North Sea of Nov. 30, 1914, cabled by Skinner May 17. Instructs Mr. Page to make report on subject.

Transmits reply of British Foreign Office to inquiry of Ambassador Page as to Admiralty announcement canceling notice on navigation in North Sea of Nov. 30, 1914.

States that the Department's inquiry is not fully answered by the note of British Foreign Office, and

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Maritime Danger Zones and Mine Areas—Continued.

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Subject.

directs Mr. Page to secure further explanation.

Informs Department of notice to mariners issued by British Admiralty.

Quotes note from Foreign Office, July 22, which states that neutral mer chant vessels must apply through their diplomatic representative for special directions of the Admiralty as to the north-about route.

States Department understands requirement in Admiralty notice of May 15 that neutral vessels bound to North Sea by north about route must obtain from Admiralty special directions, applies only to vessels sailing from British ports and not from American or neutral ports. Report whether this derstanding is correct.

Quotes note from Sir E. Grey relating to neutral vessels passing north-about from one neutral port to another.

Reports Admiralty Order 764 regarding navigation in Straits of Dover between Varne Shoal and Folkestone.

Quotes circular note from Foreign Office, May 1, 1916, announcing extension of British mine field off Belgian coast.

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From and to whom.

Ambassador W. H. Page to the Secretary of State (telegram).

The British Ambassador to the Secretary of State.

Ambassador W. H. Page to

the Secretary of State

(telegram). Ambassador W. H. Page to

the Secretary of State

(telegram).

The Secretary of State to the British Ambassador.

Ambassador W. H. Page to the Secretary of State f telegram).

The Minister of Switzerland in charge of Ger man interests in Amer ica, to the Secretary of State.

Date.

1916. May 29

July 1

1917. Jan. 25

Feb. 15

Feb. 19

Mar. 23

Mar. 23

Subject.

States Foreign Office in formed him May 27 that eastern limit of danger area of British mine field off Belgian coast should be defined as the meridian of 3° 18' east instead of 3° 20' east as previously notified.

Transmits copy of an Admiralty notice to mariners, relative to certain mined areas in North Sea.

British notification of mine area in the North Sea.

British revised notification of dangerous area in the North Sea.

States that the Government of the United States, for the protection of American interests,reserves generally all of its rights in the question of appropriating certain portions of the high seas for military operations, to the exclusion of the use of the hostile area as a common highway of commerce.

British notification of dangerous area in the North Sea.

Informs Department that the German Government gave notice of an extension of the submarine blockade to the waters of the Arctic Ocean.

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