File No. 763.72/2086

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


2819. I consider it significant that the wife of the Foreign Office official who is in charge of American affairs and who is supposed to have drafted the various German notes regarding the Lusitania said yesterday to a lady of this Embassy in course of conversation that there was little danger of a break in relations as the United States would take no action knowing too well that it would be to her disadvantage. I believe that this statement reflects the opinion of the Foreign Office.