File No. 763.72/115

The Ambassador in Great Britain (Page) to the Secretary of State


269. It is everywhere understood that war with Germany begins at midnight to-night although no formal declaration will be made till to-morrow morning.

Rumors reach me from apparently trustworthy sources, which however now unconfirmed, that a large English force will be landed in Belgium between midnight and to-morrow morning and that the French and English fleets have united in the North Sea and that a naval battle with the German fleet is expected at any time.

American Ambassador