File No. 763.72/1144

The Minister in Portugal (Birch) to the Secretary of State


October 28, 4 p.m.1 War not yet declared. State of war does not exist. Portuguese commission conferring in England. Portuguese Minister for Foreign Affairs this afternoon states House of Representatives will be convoked Monday. Status remains the same as reported my recent despatches.

  1. The telegram of October 28, 4 p.m., from the Secretary to the Minister read: Has declaration of war against Germany, or other decree indicating that a state of war exists, been issued by Potuguese Government? If so, report fully by telegraph. Lansing.