File No. 763.72114/440

The Ambassador in Germany (Gerard) to the Secretary of State


2135. Military authorities here in charge of prisoners suggested to me a conference of American and Spanish Ambassadors of all or principal warring countries, each Ambassador to be accompanied by representatives of authorities having charge of prisoners in the country to which Ambassador accredited. Conference to meet in Switzerland and settle matters concerning treatment of prisoners’ exchanges, etc. Von Jagow and Zimmermann approve idea. In the meanwhile you will make proposition and I will first get assurances that your proposition will be accepted. Colonel House might attend to representations of President and conference might lead to greater results.