OUR DIMINISHING TROUBLES WITH THE GERMANS
All representation of the Relief Commission in matters connected with Germany had to be handled by our protectors, the Spanish and Netherlands Ministers and Ambassadors. In addition, Swiss Ministers and Consuls at our ports of departure issued the German safe-conduct passes for our ships, and the Swiss Government occasionally had to represent us at Berlin in these matters.
During the first month of our fourth year, November, 1917, our ship Haelen, with a cargo of 4,299 tons of wheat, was seized by the Germans on the grounds that she was sailing in the prohibited zone. Through efforts of the Spanish Ambassadors. the case was tried in the German Prize Court, and on March 30, 1918, the equivalent of the Haelen's cargo in food was furnished to the C.R.B.
On February 12, 1918, our ship the Friedland, carrying a cargo of 6,618 tons of wheat, was sunk by a German submarine. The statement by our London Office to Ambassador Merry del Val was as follows:
. . . The damage to the Relief Service by the violation of the German Authorities of their solemn agreement can hardly be measured in money, as it had the result of destroying confidence in the intentions of the German Government, of greatly increasing our insurance expenditure, and