File No. 763.72119/23
The Ambassador in Germany ( Gerard ) to the Secretary of State
Berlin , September 12, 1914, 9 a.m.
[Received 10:30 p.m.]
110. I presented the matter referred to in the conversation between Mr. Oscar Straus and Count Bernstorff in an informal manner not wishing to receive a refusal so formal as to prevent future similar offers. Have had no answer but know that time is not yet ripe. I think possibly the Kaiser’s letter to the President about dumdum bullets, etc.1, offers an opportunity to get in the situation in a conciliatory capacity and suggest that you request me to investigate the charges made.