File No. 763.72114/284a

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


546. Austro-Hungarian Ambassador here informs Department under date 23d ultimo of receipt of wireless message from Vienna to the effect that Austro-Hungarian Government has already carried out and put into practice suggestions concerning treatment of war prisoners, as contained in Department’s cable to you 446 dated January 19, and that Austro-Hungarian Government will continue doing so on condition of reciprocity being granted by Russian Government. Department awaiting report from you as to whether this may be construed as formal request from Austro-Hungarian Government to Russian Government on similar terms as British request of German Government.