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United States Department of State / Foreign relations of the United States diplomatic papers, 1937. The British Commonwealth, Europe, Near East and Africa

Ethiopia,   pp. 679-717 PDF (13.5 MB)

Page 685

to in your 44, February 18, 2 p. M.,2 are likely to involve us in em-
barrassing if not dangerous incidents which are not of any vital con-
cern to this country.
  Since American missionaries in the interior are now safe and since
you have done everything for them that could properly be expected,
we feel that perhaps no useful purpose would be served by maintain-
ing our representation. Under the circumstances we incline to believe
that you should depart on leave prior to March 1, as previously
planned, and that Hughes 3 should arrange to close the office and with-
draw with American personnel as soon after your departure as he
conveniently can.
  Please submit your definite views, stating date of your departure
and earliest date on which Hughes could withdraw if that should be
finally determined.
765.84/5185: Telegram
   The Am]) assador in Italy (Phillips) to the Secretary of State
                                 ROME, February 24, 1937-noon.
                             [Received February 24-9:25 a. m.]
  70. My 65, February 20, 1 p. M.2 According to statements from
Addis Ababa published here yesterday and the previous day, 2000
natives were arrested following the bomb incident. A few hundred
who had been able to prove their innocence were released while all
persons found in possession of arms on their persons or in their huts
were shot; investigations of those still under arrest are continuing.
Squads of Fascists have "cleaned up certain suspect quarters" of
city. While the population was reported calm it was added that
30,000 national troops were guarding the city. The statement issued
day before yesterday stated that all culprits would be executed "under
orders from Rome".
765.84/5187: Telegram
    The Secretary of State tothe Ambassador in Italy (Phillips)
                        WASHINGTON, February 24, 1937-6 p. m.
  20. Following is text of Engert's 49, February 21, 9 a. m. received
late last night:
  [Here follow numbered paragraphs of telegram No. 49, printed on
page 681.]
  2 Not printed.
  ' Morris N. Hughes, Consul at Addis Ababa.

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