OFFICE OF NAVAL INTELLIGENCE
Jany. 31st, 1902
My dear Simpson,
Referring to yesterday’s case of two Japanese officials who came over and visited the Torpedo Station, The Chief of the Bureau of Ordnance referred the telephone request to this office and he was told that the same courtesies could be shown these officials as were shown Fleet Engineer Ohdachi, I.J.N.
This action was an error, not at your end by at this end of the case.
These officials should not have been allowed to inspect any of the works of the station, not having proper letter of admission from the Secretary or the Chief of the Bureau of Navigation acting for the Secretary.
The legations and embassies have all been informed of the ruling of the Department requiring them to obtain proper authority from the Department before any intended visit to a naval station or yard, and they will be held to this.
It was thought at the time your message was received that these two Japanese were two to whom permission...
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