File No. 763.72/1885

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


2456. Can learn nothing definite as to Germany’s answer to note. Probably nothing yet decided. Army and navy against any concession. Only solutions talked of are either plan for certified passenger ships already outlined to you, or mediation by our President of question of submarine warfare and blockade of Germany. Situation complicated by personal feuds between Von Tirpitz, Von Müller, Von Jagow, Chancellor and Falkenhayn. Von Tirpitz being against Chancellor and Von Jagow; Falkenhayn inclined to approve; Von Tirpitz neutral.