The Non-Intervention Committee agreed to establish patrols of Spain’s coasts. The patrols were authorized to determine the destination of vessels but not to carry out search and seizure operations. Germany and Italy were to monitor Republican ships while Britain and France would monitor the Nationalists. This scheme proved to be ineffective since the Germans could use ships flying the Panamanian or Liberian flags and unload their cargo in Portugal with the complicity of authorities there.
Anthony Eden told the House of Commons that the government would investigate reports that poison gas had been shipped from Germany to Spain.
The German cruiser Emden began a controversial 10-day goodwill visit to the city of Baltimore, Maryland, sponsored by local German-American groups. Over 2,000 people marched to protest the cruiser’s arrival, but thousands of other Baltimoreans would wait for hours to take tours of the ship during its stay.