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Outline of the United States Notes to Germany and Great Britain issued in Washington. That to Germany, in reply to the German decree that neutral vessels entering the German war zone round Great Britain and Ireland may be sunk, is to the effect that such an act is “so unprecedented in naval warfare that this Government is reluctant to believe that the Imperial Government of Germany in this case contemplates it as possible.” It would be difficult for the American Government “to view such an act in any other light than an indefensible violation of neutral rights, which it would be very hard indeed to reconcile with the friendly relations now happily existing between the two Governments.” The Note to Great Britain as to the use of the American flag on British ships as a ruse to deceive an enemy states that the American Government will “view with anxious solicitude any general use of the flag of the United States by British vessels traversing these waters” (German “war zone”).

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