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Page 1, 6th January 1939 — CONSULAR BAG MYSTERY

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People: Golding
Locations: London


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How Long Have Charges Against Mr Golding

Been Known?

The British Government has instructed the Acting British Agent in Burgos to enquire into the reason for the arrest of Mr Golding, British pro-Consul in San Sebastian, and his Spanish-born wife, an arrest confirms the truth of the HERALD'S information of last week.

Some surprise has been expressed at the apparent delay in arranging the fullest enquiry into a situation which, according to the Nationalist authorities, is of the utmost gravity.

The CATHOLIC HERALD has been informed that the name of Mr Golding and of an official in the Burgos Agency were mentioned in the papers taken from the Consular hag on December 15. This information has been available in London for some days. Is it correct? And, if so, why was no immediate enquiry made?

Spanish Nationalist Accusation

From Our Diplomatic Correspondent.

" The finding of papers, dealing with matters of importance to the Nationalist GoN ermnent, in the consular bag which was being taken from San Sebastian in Spain to St. Jean de Luz in France raises questions which. for its own sake the British Government must face. It is stated by the Nationalist authorities that:

1. The bag between San Sebastian and St Jean de Luz has been used for some two months (October 20— December 15) as the regular vehicle for communicating information from Spain to the enemy. 2. In the papers found on December 15 were particulars as to the disposition of Nationalist troops and replies to a Red questionnaire or troops and troop movements. 3. There was also found a considerable sum in currency with detailed instructions as to its distribution,

4. Mr Golding and an official in the Burgos Agency were mentioned in Altihtehepsaepaerilsegations have been known in London for over a week and yet, though the Burgos Government took scrupulous care not to involve the British authorities more than could be helped, it appears that no steps to investigate the question were taken until the arrest of Mr Golding, an official who. of course, enjoys no diplomatic immunity whatsoever, whether by right or by courtesy.

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