File No. 763.72119/9

The Ambassador in Austria-Hungary (Penfield) to the Secretary of State


At Schönbrunn this morning I personally presented to Emperor the message of President Wilson.1 Interview was attended by every evidence of appreciative interest. Emperor inquired about Mexican [Page 50]situation and I made bold enough to say my Government has averted a war that had been already entered upon.

The following message to President placed in my hands by His Majesty:

I thank the President of the Republic of America for his friendly message which corresponds entirely with the peaceful sentiments which have guided me during my entire reign. Austria-Hungary will certainly accept with gratitude and in accord with its allies the mediation of your Government at such time as the honor of the flag will permit and when the objects of the war shall be attained.

  1. See footnote, ante, p. 42.